IRELAND’s Denis Lynch and All Star 5 jumped their fourth clear round in a row at the Longines FEI World Cup Final this evening to finish second in today’s competition.
The Tipperary rider jumped 12 places and is now in 10th place overall, with less than two fences separating the top 10 riders in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Only seven horses and riders made it through to the jump-off today and the class was won by Christian Ahlman and Taloubet Z.
Steve Guerdat leads the competition overall with a zero penalty score, closely followed by Marcus Ehning (two penalties) and Harrie Smolders (three penalties).
Lynch stands on eight penalties ahead of Monday’s competition.
While many of the leaders from Friday’s opening leg ran into trouble over a demanding course of fences, Lynch and the 13-year-old All Star % were one of just two combinations to finish the day on a zero score in front of over 11,000 spectators.
Having started the day in 22nd position, Lynch has now rocketed up the leaderboard into the top 10 and within touching distance of the overall leaders.
Germany’s Ahlmann and Taloubet Z finished just over two tenths of a second ahead of Lynch in today’s competition to collect the winners prize, with the Irish rider collecting over 26,000 euro for his runner-up finish.
Defending World Cup champion, Steve Guerdat, holds a slender lead heading into Monday’s crucial final round. Lynch lies in 10th place overall, with just two fences separating him from the Swiss leader and only one fence outside the top five.
Meanwhile Judy Reynolds carries Irish hopes in Sundays Dressage World Cup final at the Gothenburg arena. The Kildare rider, who is Ireland’s first ever Dressage World Cup finalist, will partner Vancouver K having finished in an impressive ninth place in the Reem Acra Grand Prix class on Friday.