Saturday 27 December 2014

Kevin Babington guides Loyalty to glory in Calgary

Published 14/07/2014 | 02:30

Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Equestrian: Kevin Babington won the 1.45m Derby at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Canada yesterday while army rider Capt Michael Kelly finished third in Falsterbo Derby in Sweden on Saturday.

Babington, best known for his hugely successful partnership with the great Carling King, steered another Irish-bred, the 10-year-old mare Goodwins Loyalty, to victory.

The American-based Irishman who hails from Carrick-on-Suir produced the fastest of the 10 clear rounds in a field of 28, while both Conor Swail (Ariana) and Shane Sweetnam (Cyklon) had a single fence down.

In Falsterbo, just five qualified for the second-round jump-off that decided the result, two of them Irish.

Kelly produced the quickest time but left a fence on the floor with the 17-year-old mare Mo Chroi whose career highlight was victory in the Dublin Grand Prix in 2007.

Bertram Allen, who is only a year older than Kelly's horse, slotted into fifth when collecting eight faults with Romanov.

Meanwhile, Darragh Kenny added yet another victory to his long list at Spruce Meadows last Thursday.

The Offaly man has been called up by chef d'equipe Robert Splaine for next Thursday's prestigious Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany alongside Shane Breen, Cameron Hanley, Denis Lynch and Billy Twomey.

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