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Darragh Kerins finished third place in Saturday's World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows

Updated: Sunday, 10 Jun 2012 12:07 | Comments

Kerins claims third in Spruce Meadows

Darragh Kerins finished third place in Saturday's World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in Canada, with fellow Irish riders Richie Moloney and Jennifer Crooks also featuring in the top ten.

Sligo-born Kerins, 37, rode the Meath-bred OBOS Quality mare Lisona to a double clear round, one of only three recorded from a starting field of 33.

However, he was unable to match the final-round performance of America's Kent Farrington and the Dutch-bred Uceko.

Farrington finished with well over a second in hand against Canadian runner-up Eric Lamaze on Derly Chin de Muze, and was over five seconds clear of Kerins, who opted for caution and keeping all the fences standing.

Fifth-placed Richie Moloney clocked up a very fast jump-off speed but paid the price with two fences down on Ahorn van de Zuuthoeve, while Jennifer Crooks and SF Uryadi had a single mistake in the first round, which left her out of the jump-off but was enough for a ninth place overall.

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