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Irish equestrian glory in Canada
14 Jul 2014 13:01
Tipperary's Kevin Babington and Galway's Andrew Bourns both produced Irish victories in Canada this weekend, with Babington triumphing in the five-star Derby in Canada and Bourns victorious in Rockwood's Grand Prix. In the east, Bourns won not just Saturday night's Grand Prix with Karina Aziz's Chacco's Goldy, but also the welcome class at the two-star show. The 30-year-old said afterwards: "Goldy's a very special horse. I'm riding her for Karina Aziz while she recovers from her ankle surgery.
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"I'm very grateful to Karina and Iron Horse Farm for the opportunity to ride such a wonderful horse." In the west of Canada on Sunday night, Tipperary's Kevin Babington, who is a long-time North American resident, produced a win in the five-star Spruce Meadows Derby with the Irish Sport Horse Goodwins Loyalty. Babington and the ten-year-old mare were one of ten combinations from a field of 28 to complete the derby track on a zero score, and came home with almost four seconds in hand over American challenger Nick Dello Joio aboard Fiego van de Zonnenweide. Following his victory, Babington said: “I was an event rider before I got into show jumping. I really only got into show jumping sort of halfway serious at 18. I did a little bit of steeple chasing too, so I’m well used to galloping. ” In Sweden, meanwhile, Irish Army rider Captain Michael Kelly claimed third place in the famous Falsterbo Derby with the experienced Irish Sport Horse Mo Chroi, recording the fastest time, but leaving one fence on the ground.
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Wexford's 18 year-old Bertram Allen finished in fifth with Romanov.
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