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Equestrian: Foley to fore as Irish clinch hat-trick

Ireland made it a hat-trick of wins in the Pony Nations Cup at Fontainebleau on Saturday. And Tom Foley, who jumped double clear with Crown Jewel to clinch the victory, brought the same pony out yesterday to finish fourth in the Grand Prix.

Foley and fellow team-member Paraic Kenny were both on the winning side at the fixture in 2010 and 2011, but Kenny's mount, Grey Ross, picked up four faults first time out on Saturday, as did Matt Garrigan's Dr Spot.

However, Molly O'Shea's More Clover jumped clear and Ireland were lying joint-second with France at the halfway stage of the event. As the French fell apart, the British rocketed up the scoreboard in round two when adding nothing to their five-fault total. But super-cool clears from Kenny, O'Shea and Foley kept the Irish in front by a single point.

A fast four faults in yesterday's Grand Prix jump-off was good enough for fourth for Foley who also won the earlier Two-Phase riding Thorn, while Susan Fitzpatrick (Petrus Spartacus) won a Speed event and Charlotte Donaghue (Arganium Boy) was runner-up in Saturday's Derby.

At the 3-Star International in Lummen in Belgium, Shane Breen (Zarnita) finished fifth, Clem McMahon (Cortaflex Touchable) eighth and Edward Doyle (Samgemjee) was 12th in the Grand Prix. Trevor Breen (Murchu), Eddie Moloney (Dante) and Edward Doyle (Tradition) were all runners-up in Speed classes.

At home, Cian O'Connor (Da Vinci's Pride) won the HSI/Bluegrass Grand Prix in Mullingar on Saturday while William McDonald (Castlecomer G) won yesterday's leg at Clare Equestrian Centre.

Irish Independent