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Sweetnam second in US

Updated: Friday, 23 Jan 2009 22:57

Sweetnam second in US

Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam saw off America’s best on Saturday night when he when he secured second place in the World Cup Qualifier at Green Cove Springs in Florida.

The Cork-born rider recorded one of only two double-clear rounds in the 33-strong field on Amaretto d'Arco, but was unable to catch Brazil's Olympic champion Rodrigo Pessoa who set a blistering pace in the jump-off to take the winner's trophy with Let's Fly.

The USA's Kent Farrington lowered a pole for four faults in his
attempt to overtake the leaders, and though clocking a faster time, he had to settle for third overall.

The Green Cove Springs World Cup Qualifier was part of the Jacksonville Horse Show.