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Kurten fifth, Sweetnam eighth in Swiss GP

Updated: Sunday, 05 Jun 2011 17:06

Jessica Kurten - Was fifth in St Gallen
Jessica Kurten - Was fifth in St Gallen

In a 36-strong starting field that boasted some of the world's top riders, Ireland claimed two top ten spots in this afternoon's Longines Grand Prix at St Gallen, Switzerland.

One of ten through to the second round, Antrim-born Jessica Kurten took fifth place with the bay gelding Lektor on a double-clear round, while Cork-born Shane Sweetnam had an eighth with the Darco stallion Amaretto Darco after dislodging a single fence in their second outing.

Kurten picked up €17,000 for her place, while Sweetnam returned to his Florida base €9,300 richer.

The Grand Prix was won by Britain's Nick Skelton and Carlo, while the Irish-bred stallion Flexible took the runner-up place with the USA's Rich Fellers in the saddle.