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Rocksy Music rocks the Derby field for first international win

Saturday, 24 March 2018
Winter Equestrian Festival 2018 - Week 11 CSI4*

Photo (c) Sportfot. Richie Moloney and Rocksy Music. Photo (c) Sportfot.

Only two riders managed to skim under the 40-second mark in the jump-off for the $35,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumper class, with Ireland’s Richie Moloney bettering his 38 rivals. Eleven combinations made it through to the jump-off over Germany’s Olaf Petersen Jr.-designed track, with nine of those managing to pull off a second clear round on the manicured grass of the derby field at Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival).

This win for the Irish rider, in week 11 of the 12-week 2018 WEF, was the first international victory for Moloney and Rocksy Music, Equinimity LLC’s 10-year-old gelding by ARS Vivendi.

“Rocksy Music was third in a two-star grand prix [in Tryon, in October 2017], but this is our first win,” said the 36-year-old rider, whose victory was almost scuppered by the last to jump, the USA’s Molly Ashe, who was only 0.2 seconds adrift on Louisburg Farm’s Balous Day Date. “It feels very good. He’s been great all circuit and he’s jumped a good bit. This was his final class, so it’s a nice finish. I was hungry to win today because I knew it was his last. Luckily it came off, though Molly was very close at the end.

“The course was pretty straightforward, but you couldn’t get too flat until you had the double at the end jumped. It was a good course and it suited us,” added Moloney, who has been based in Florida, working for owners Equinimity LLC, for the past seven years.

He first heard about Rocksy Music through his brother at the end of the horse’s seven-year-old year. “My brother Eddie [Moloney], who is based in Ireland and also jumps, told me about him and said that I should sit on him,” he recalled. “I wasn’t really sure about him until I sat on him, but he gave a great feeling; very careful and very scopey — so it seems to be working out so far. He was imported just over two years and we took our time in the first year, but he’s really starting to kick on now. He jumped his first three-star grand prix last week and was unlucky, but he jumped very well. We’ll just keep going now and see where he ends up. He can jump really big, and he’s careful, so we’ll see.”

Moloney’s ultimate aim is to ride on senior teams for Ireland. “I’d like to hopefully aim for championships and it’d be nice to be going well enough to do an Olympics — and have a horse good enough to do it,” he added.

The podium was rounded out by Brazil’s Pedro Junqueira Muylaert riding Ricardo Facchini’s 11-year-old KWPN mare C’Est Dorijke, who finished third.

Final Results: $35,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers

1 ROCKSY MUSIC: 2008 Irish Sport Horse gelding by ARS Vivendi x Diamond Serpent
RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity LLC: 0/0/39.487

2 BALOUS DAY DATE: 2005 Oldenburg mare by Balou Du Rouet x Domino
MOLLY ASHE-CAWLEY (USA), Louisburg Farm: 0/0/39.697

3 C’EST DORIJKE: 2007 KWPN mare
PEDRO JUNQUEIRA MUYLAERT (BRA), Ricardo Facchini 0/0/40.119

4 REDMOND: 2006 selle Français gelding by Neo D’Aunou x Joly Jumper
ALBERTO MICHÁN (ISR), Brianne Goutal LLC: 0/0/40.200

5 CORENTO VH DINGENSHOF: 2009 Zangershide gelding by Contendro x Tornado
RAMIRO QUINTANA (BRA), Michael Smith & Randall Hogan: 0/0/40.424

6 CYBEL II: 2008 Irish Sport Horse mare by Varo x Lancer
LAURA CHAPOT (USA), Mary Chapot: 0/0/41.395

7 DOLINN: 2008 KWPN mare by Cardento x Lux
JENNIFER GATES (USA), Evergate Stables LLC: 0/0/42.015

8 FIGOR: 2010 KWPN gelding by Querly Elvis x Indoctro
TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC: 0/0/42.812

9 TRUMAN: 2009 Selle Français gelding by Mylord Cathargo x Kolibri
IAN MILLAR (CAN), Millar Brooke Farm & Irish Oaks Farm: 0/0/45.199

10 AVON: 2004 Swedish Warmblood stallion by Quidam De Revel x Cortez 679
MATTIAS TROMP (USA), Beyaert Farm, Inc: 0/4/39.912

11 RETIRO: 2005 Warmblood gelding by Rockefeller Z x Play Boy
PETER LUTZ (USA), Katherine Gallagher & Michael Meller: 0/4/43.187

12 BURBURRY R: 2006 KWPN mare by Pacific x Indoctro
PETRONELLA ANDERSSON (SWE), Stephan Conter: 0/10/61.596

Source: Press release from WEF / Photo (c) Sportfot. 

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