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Irish 1-2-3 at the Sunshine Tour as Peter Moloney scores another Grand Prix win

Sunday, 24 March 2019
CSI4* Sunshine Tour 2019 – Week 6

Photo © Manuel Queimadelos Peter Moloney and Ornellaia won Sunday's CSI4* 1.55m Longines Grand Prix in Vejer de la Frontera. Photo © Manuel Queimadelos.


Press release from Oxer Sport / Press release from Horse Sport Ireland



Irish riders filled all of the top three places in Sunday's CSI4* 1.55m Longines Grand Prix in Vejer de la Frontera, that concluded the 25th edition of the Sunshine Tour, when Peter Moloney and the Team Harmony-owned mare Ornellaia (For Pleasure x Calato) captured their second Grand Prix win in the space of a few weeks.

Moloney (28) and the 14-year-old Ornellaia, came out on top in the Grand Prix in Vejer at the beginning of March on what was the pair's first outing together. Their latest victory came following an 11 horse jump-off where they posted a double clear round in 47.08 seconds to take the top prize of over €36,000.

“I’m pretty surprised to be back on top of the podium,” Moloney said. “I didn’t think I’d win the first CSI4* Grand Prix, let alone win this one.” 

“It couldn’t have been better, I really can’t believe it. The mare gave everything today, I was pretty tight to the time in the first round, but we got away with it and we really made sure we went for it in the second round and got the win. I really must thank Team Harmony and Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein of Jordan, for having trust in me and for giving me these good horses and this chance. Without their support none of this would have been possible. It has been six weeks here with 11 horses and we have got so much work done and found out who the horses are and have had time to bond with them, especially this mare, and we are really set up now to go on with the season,” Moloney said. 

Moloney's cousin Anthony Condon slotted into second place with the John Hales-owned SFS Aristio (Arko III x Voltaire), finishing just 0.12 behind the winner. Third place also went to Ireland with Susan Fitzpatrick partnering Fellow Castlefield (Je T'Aime Flamenco x Twister) to another double clear in 47.52.


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