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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Equestrian: Floody tops table following sweet success

Louise Parkes

Published 22/03/2010 | 05:00

Ashbourne, partnered by John Floody from Bettystown, on the way to winning the HSI Chippison Grand Prix in Crossmaglen yesterday
Ashbourne, partnered by John Floody from Bettystown, on the way to winning the HSI Chippison Grand Prix in Crossmaglen yesterday

John Floody shot to the top of the HSI Chippison Grand Prix League table with his second win of the series at Kernan's Equestrian Centre in Crossmaglen yesterday.

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And it was Jim Monks' consistent 13-year-old gelding Ashbourne, winner of the third leg at Killossery Stud, which earned maximum points for the Navan rider.

Ashbourne produced the only double-clear of the competition to clinch that first victory two weeks ago, but yesterday nine of the 21 starters went into the jump-off against the clock.

And it was a sweet revenge for Floody, who was denied pole position at Broadmeadows on St Patrick's Day when he produced the quickest jump-off time but had to settle for sixth when leaving a fence on the floor.

Yesterday he also steered the Irish-bred eight-year-old Larkhill Cruiser into third while 17-year-old Antrim rider Conor Drain and Fine Filly claimed runner-up spot.

Frank Curran took the honours at last Wednesday's Broadmeadows fixture. Curran, on his father's gelding Pepp, pipped Kilkenny's Eddie Moloney and Slievenorra.

Yesterday in the double-biller at Maryville in Cork Blayne Sheehan topped the line-up with Rathglass Dexter. Billy Twomey earned fourth with Tinka's Serenade in the Spanish Sunshine Tour Grand Prix at Vejar de la Frontera, won by classic French horseman Michel Robert and Kellemoi de Pepita.

Britain's John Whitaker made a welcome return to the ring following a broken ankle when second with Peppermill.

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