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Darragh Kenny completes Canadian hat-trick

Updated: Saturday, 05 Jul 2014 10:48 | Comments

Darragh Kenny and Chin Quidam VDL in action
Darragh Kenny and Chin Quidam VDL in action

Darragh Kenny has completed a hat-trick of wins at the five-star show in Spruce Meadows, Canada by streaking home on Hyperion Stud's stallion Chin Quidam VDL to take first place in the Pepsi Challenge jump-off class on a double clear round.

The 26-year-old Offaly-born rider was followed in second place by Cork's Shane Sweetnam, who was just over a second off Kenny's pace aboard Spy Coast Farm's mare Mimosa.

Kenny has collected almost €18,000 in prize money at Spruce Meadows in the last three days, opening on Wednesday with a win on the Oakland Ventures-owned gelding Picolo, and on the same horse out-jumping a top international field of riders in Thursday's big 1m50 jump-off class.

Including his most recent win, Kenny has now had eight individual FEI victories over the course of four weeks at Spruce Meadows, as well as a team Nations Cup win for Ireland.

He said last night after winning the Pepsi Challenge with the eight year-old Chin Quidam VDL: “He's a really, really nice horse, and he only started doing the 1m45 classes here at Spruce. He has really come a long way. Today was only his second time in the big ring, and he really performed well. He is quite competitive.”

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