ANOTHER fine performance from Darragh Kenny saw the Offaly rider take fifth place in Sunday's €1 million Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen in Germany, which was part of the Rolex Grand Slam of show jumping.
Riding the Jack Snyder-owned 14-year-old mare Babalou 41, he was one of seven riders who jumped clear in the first two rounds over the demanding course.
The third round jump-off saw Kenny finish with one fence down in a time of 48.04 seconds which would see him finish fifth and collect €60,000.
Victory and a winner's prize of €330,000 went to America’s Kent Farrington and Gazelle with the faster of just two triple clear rounds. Germany’s Daniel Deusser was the runner-up with Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z and Britain’s Ben Maher finished third with Explosion W.
The Aachen Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious competitions on the annual show jumping calendar and past Irish winners include Denis Lynch with Lantinus in 2009, Trevor Coyle with Cruising in 1999 and Eddie Macken with Boomerang in 1978.
Meanwhile, in the five-star Grand Prix at Ascona in Switzerland, Cork's Billy Twomey finished fourth with Chat Botte Du Ruisseau Z, just ahead of Denis Lynch in fifth with GC Chopin's Bushi.
Source: Horse Sport Ireland press release