Moloney takes Carolina honours
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.
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.