Paul Kennedy is in the mix in Al Ain's grand prix


British-based Irishman Paul Kennedy maintained his consistent form in Al Ain to take a creditable fifth in the concluding, top-billed Longines grand prix in Al Ain on Cartown Danger Mouse.

Fourteen of the 45 starters produced round one clears to make for a hot jump-off, but in the event only three jumped clear again. Paul, 23, again rode a super round on the 11-year-old Harlequin du Carel mare Danger Mouse, but a rail fell to drop them to fifth.

Fellow Irishmen Michael Pender claimed sixth on Can Ya Makan, also on four, and Michael Duffy slotted Belcanto Z into eighth with eight faults in round two. Brits were out of luck with Nigel Coupe incurring four faults on Golvers Hill and Joe Clayton (Con Man JX and Louise Saywel (Cordalis 7) returning on 12. Ireland’s David Simpson jumped for eight on Chessy 17.

Nigel was best Brit in the accumulator, taking fourth on the 13-year-old mare Jubilee III 2.76 sec behind the winner, Saudi Arabia’s Abdulrahman Alrajhi on Varo M – the former ride of Dan Neilson.

Fourteen provided maximum scores, with Ireland’s Anthony Condon eased Balzac into sixth with Louise Saywell on Peiter VI in eighth followed closely by David Simpson’s Keoki in ninth.

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