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Breen edged out of top spot in King's Cup

Updated: Sunday, 20 May 2012 22:39

Shane Breen
Shane Breen

Shane Breen rounded off a successful weekend of Irish show jumping with a €20,000 second place in the famous King's Cup competition in Madrid.

A field of 36 international riders lined out for the final contest at the five-star show, but Tipperary's Breen was the only Irish competitor to qualify for the second round.

With 12 combinations now battling it out against the clock, Breen's Cos I Can, came closest to catching local hero Sergio Alvarez Moya and the chestnut stallion Zipper, but the Spaniard held on to his one second advantage to claim first prize.

Kilkenny's Marion Hughes earlier had a fifth place with the Irish Sport Horse HHS Fortuna in the Madrid Grand Prix.

Elsewhere, Ireland had three places in the top ten of Sunday's Copenhagen's Grand Prix, with Trevor Coyle and Jubilee d'Ouilly chalking up a third, Shane Carey and Ballymore Eustace taking sixth, and Clem McMahon and Pacino finishing in eighth.

The Irish team, which also included Edward Doyle and the stallion Samgemjee, took fourth place in the 18-team Danish Nations' Cup on Friday. 

In Kentucky, USA, Kilkenny-born Richie Moloney romped home as the €19,000 victor in the Lexington Grand Prix on board the Irish Sport Horse Slieveanorra.

Conor Swail was the Grand Prix winner at Balmoral's two-star international in Belfast, riding Lansdowne, with Dermott Lennon and the Irish Sport Horse Loughview Lou Lou in the runner-up spot.

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