TIPPERARY’S Denis Lynch came away almost €14,000 euro richer after finishing third in today’s (Sunday) feature class at the five-star Longines show in London.
Competing in the Massimo Dutti Trophy competition, the Irish rider and Thomas Straumann’s bay gelding All Star 5 were one of 14 combinations to make it through to the jump-off round, and despite being second to go, set a blistering time of 38.08 seconds that at the final bell only two other combinations could better.
The first prize of €30,195 went to Britain’s Laura Renwick with the nine year-old gelding Bintang II, who shaved three quarters of a second off Lynch’s time, while second place went to Italy’s Emanuele Massimiliano Bianchi and the 11 year-old stallion Isco de Amoranda, who were a quarter of a second faster and took home 18,300 euro. Lynch’s prize money was 13,725 euro.
Lynch also won €2,700 euro for a seventh place in Friday’s jump-off competition in London, riding Abbervail Van Het Dingeshof.
Also in the money earlier today was Co. Down’s Conor Swail, who collected just over 8,000 euro for a win in the speed class at the four-star show in La Coruna, Spain with Susan Grange’s Simba de la Roque.
Elsewhere another Tipperary rider, Thomas Ryan, took third place in the three-star Grand Prix at Ascona in Switzerland with Quite Zero, losing out to Finnish winner Anna-Julia Kontio with Pacific des Essarts by just over two seconds, while at Gross Viegeln in Germany, Mayo’s Cameron Hanley had a double clear with Z Acodate DDL in the Grand Prix but settled for a sixth place on time. The class was won by Germany’s Eva Bitter and Perigueux.
In China, meanwhile, Co. Down’s Dermott Lennon placed sixth in the two-star Grand Prix at Dalian with Colour Your Life, and Harry Marshall from Co. Antrim took third in Belgium’s two-star Grand Prix in Hasselt, riding Barcelona.