WEXFORD’s Bertram Allen won a two-star ranking class in Sentower Park, Belgium last weekend. The German-based rider guided Kurkuma Della Caccia to win Friday’s 1.45m jump-off class.
It was Bertram’s first time to ride the Ballywalter Stables-owned eight-year-old mare since last October; his younger brother Harry has been in the saddle. The pair were among 14 clears in the first round and, against the clock, posted the fastest time of 44.71 seconds to earn €6,375.
Belgium’s Christophe Vanderhasselt was runner-up with Arthuro de Sarlar Z (0/0 44.91). Allen and Kurkuma Della Caccia had earlier finished third in Thursday’s 1.35m two-phase. He also secured a win in Saturday’s six-year-old 1.25m jump-off class aboard Look At Me GR. Just three combinations managed to produce a double clear and Allen’s time of 45.45 was enough to take the top prize ahead of Germany’s Stefan Engbers with Stenmark 3.
Galway’s Thomas O’Brien finished fifth with the Tom Moloney-bred Ziltino after picking up eight faults in the jump-off. O’Brien was eighth with Saint Vidal S after opting now to jump against the clock.
Bertram Allen was best of the Irish in Sunday’s two-star Grand Prix when finishing sixth aboard the 10-year-old gelding Mikias vd Bisschop. The combination produced one of eight clears round against the clock in 45.73 seconds. The Netherlands’ Frank Schuttert won the class with Gream when recording the fastest time of 42.31, ahead of Brazil’s Marlon Modolo Zanotelli in second place.
Harry Allen as also in good form at the venue and he won the one-star Grand Prix with the seven-year-old stallion Karlsson when the fastest of just three clear rounds in the jump-off.
In the two-star division, Harry finished runner-up in Saturday’s 1.35m two-phase aboard Crossbar Melloni. Thomas O’Brien placed fourth with Villefort.