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Kevin Babington second in Dublin Grand Prix, USA take Longines trophy
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Kevin Babington second in Dublin Grand Prix, USA take Longines trophy
on 10 August 2015
The Tipperary rider and the bay mare Shorapur were just beaten by America's Kent Farrington

VICTORY eluded Ireland’s Kevin Babington in the Longines Grand Prix at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show on Sunday evening, with the USA’s Kent Farrington pipping him for the €66,000 first prize.

The 46-year-old Tipperary native was one of eight through to the jump-off from a starting field of 40, and although holding the lead briefly with the bay mare Shorapur, US rider Farrington and Uceko, one time winner of the King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, came home with a comfortable two-and-a-half seconds in hand.

US-based Babington, once a regular member of Ireland’s winning Nations’ Cup teams with the great Carling King, nevertheless went home €40,000 euro richer for his second place.

Co Down’s Conor Swail and the bay stallion Grand Cru V. Vijf Eiken claimed €30,000 for their third place, just over half a second behind Babington, while Wexford’s Bertram Allen and Romanov finished in seventh after incurring eight faults in the jump-off round.

Shane Breen and Golden Hawk were second-fastest of the first round’s four-faulters and placed 10th.

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