Wednesday, 2nd May 2012
Fenor's Paddy O'Donnell beats top class field to take French victory
By Brian Hennessy
PADDY O'Donnell from Fenor in Co. Waterford, added to his already impressive C.V when he claimed victory in the ''Prix Conseil Regional Nord Pas de Calais''against a top class international field at Maubeuge, France on Saturday last. Riding the Irish bred Clover Flush mare Harristown Princess, who is owned by Tomas Power from Dunmore East, 25 year old O'Donnell beat Britain's Laura Renwick and Oz de Breve by just under a third of a second over a tough 1.50m course, and also saw off challenges from other top British riders like Ellen Whitaker, Tim Stockdale and Guy Williams to take the 6,000 euro prize. O'Donnell's win came after fellow Irish rider Shane Breen took first in Friday's jump-off class with another Irish-bred, his own Olympic Lux gelding Cos I Can. Tipperary's Breen was the victor in an epic 16 horse jump-off at the French venue, and like O'Donnell claimed the trophy with a third of a second in hand, seeing off British runner-up Tim Stockdale and the Irish-bred Kalico Bay Fresh Direct.
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