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Hughes wins for Ireland at RDS

Updated: Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 21:34

Marion Hughes was Ireland's only winner at the RDS
Marion Hughes was Ireland's only winner at the RDS

Irish riders put in strong performances in the three main jumping classes on the opening day of the Dublin Horse Show at a rain-swept RDS.

Kilkenny's Marion Hughes produced the single win in the opening Failte Stakes with HHS Fortuna, with Down man Conor Swail a close second on the chestnut mare Martha Louise and Tholm Keane following in third with Warrenstown You 2.

Irish riders also accounted for three more of the top ten places.

Shane Breen was best of the Irish in the Speed Stakes with Ominerale Courcelle, coming third behind France's Roger Yves Bost on Castleforbes Vivaldo Vh Costersveld and Britain's eventual winner William Funnell on Dorada. Seventeen year-old Michael Duffy on Killard Horizon claimed fourth spot.

In the night's feature class, the 1m50 Sports Council Classic, victory was again narrowly denied to the Irish contingent at Ballsbridge, with Switzerland's Arthur Gustavo de Silva and La Toya III beating Down's Dermott Lennon and Hallmark Elite to the first prize by just under a tenth of a second in the big 13-horse jump-off. 

Captain David O'Brien and Annestown took fourth in the class, with Shane Carey and Ballymore Eustace and Trevor Coyle with Jubilee D'Ouilly also featuring in the top ten.

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