Kilkenny’s Richie Moloney wins $215,000 Longines World Cup qualifier in New York
Kilkenny’s Richie Moloney won the $215,000 Longines World Cup qualifier in fine style with the only clear of the jump-off at the 4-Star American Gold Cup show in New York on Sunday night riding Carribis Z.
Only six of the 37 starters found the key to the first-round course designed by another Irishman, Alan Wade, and Moloney’s time of 45.74 seconds was not the quickest in the second-round jump-off. But all the rest faulted while the Irishman left all the poles in place to claim the win, and almost US$71,000 in prizemoney.
Runner-up was American Olympic gold medallist Laura Kraut riding Deauville S, while Colombia’s Daniel Bluman, who won the hearts of the Irish crowd when winning the Puissance at Dublin Horse Show two years ago, slotted into third with Conconcreto Sancha LS.
Moloney, whose parents Tom and Anne run the popular Warrington Equestrian Centre in Kilkenny, has been based in the US for some years now, living in Wellington, Florida during the winter and splitting his time between Tryon in North Carolina and Riverhead in New York during the summer months.
The 33-year-old rider described his winning horse, the 12-year-old stallion Carribis Z which he has been competing for the last three years, as “quite small but very scopey and very careful...and he’s getting better all the time.” His next port of call is another star-studded outing in Central Park, New York later this month.
Meanwhile world no. 1 and London 2012 team gold medallist, Britain’s Scott Brash, made history on Sunday night when becoming the first-ever winner of the Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping which earned him a bonus of €1,000,000 (1 million euros). Consecutive wins in the majors at Geneva, Switzerland in December 2014, at Aachen, Germany this summer and at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Canada, on Sunday were all achieved with his Olympic ride, Hello Sanctos.
American Gold Cup - 1, Carribis Z (R Moloney) IRL 0/0 45.74; 2, Deauville S (L Kraut) USA 0/4 43.27; 3, Concreto Sancha LS (D Bluman) COL 0/4 43.38: 8, Chaqui Z (S Sweetnam) IRL 4/86.92.