Kilkenny’s Richie Moloney and Alsvid maintained their recent transatlantic form with a third place in the $35,000 Dever 1.45m Classic at Palm Beach’s four-star show in Florida yesterday.

Keeping the Irish flag prominent at the prize giving were Shane Sweetnam, who placed sixth on Baloppi, and Kevin Babington, who claimed seventh with Super Chilled.

Chilean rider Samuel Parot and his own Quick Du Pottier, a 2004 Selle Francais gelding, topped the class of 45 entries with the quickest time of the day, while Brazil’s Eduardo Menezes was runner-up on Carushka.

Spectators at the sun-drenched Wellington venue will be looking forward to today’s big class, the $216,000 Palm Beach County Sports Commission Grand Prix.

Jack Burns