Sunday 11 December 2016

Moloney takes Carolina honours

Published 08/06/2015 | 02:30

Richie Moloney won the Governor’s Cup Grand Prix in North Carolina on Saturday night
Richie Moloney won the Governor’s Cup Grand Prix in North Carolina on Saturday night

Kilkenny man Richie Moloney won the Governor’s Cup Grand Prix at the new 4-Star fixture at Tryon International Equestrian Centre in North Carolina, USA on Saturday night.

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Elsewhere, Offaly-born Darragh Kenny finished third in yesterday’s Longines Grand Prix at 5-Star St Gallen in Switzerland.

Riding Carribis Z, Moloney was last to go in the seven-horse jump-off at the US venue and pipped America’s Ali Wolff and Casall by almost a full second to claim the lion’s share of the $210,000 prize-fund.

He was roared home by a packed stadium of 10,000 spectators and said afterwards, “The horse went faster than he’s ever gone for me!”

The top-13 went into the second round of the Grand Prix at St Gallen yesterday, and Tipperary man Greg Broderick just missed out on a qualification spot with a time-fault from MHS Going Global which produced a stunning double-clear in Friday’s Nations Cup.

But Kenny’s 12-year-old gelding, San Soucis Z, was foot-perfect in both rounds to collect €30,000 for third place behind Switzerland’s Romain Duguet (Quorida De Treho) in pole and Olympic champion Steve Guerdat (Nino Des Buissonnets) in second place.

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