Boy-wonder Allen makes history with glory in Paris
He's about to turn 20 in August, so the "boy-wonder" reference won't be relevant much longer, but 19-year-old Irish showjumping sensation Bertram Allen was showered with accolades once again on Saturday when becoming the youngest-ever rider to win a leg of the prestigious Longines Global Champions Tour series in Paris.
Partnering the veteran stallion Romanov, who is only two years younger than his rider, Allen simply out-galloped all the rest of the world-class field in the third-round five-way jump-off against the clock at the event staged in the Champs de Mar, in the shadow of the iconic Eiffel Tower.
And he pocketed a whopping €105,600 when clinching pole position ahead of Portugal's Luciana Diniz, while Offalyman Darragh Kenny slotted into third. It was 27-year-old Kenny who set the pace in 39.36 seconds with San Soucis Z in the race against the clock.
But Allen shaved more than two seconds off that when taking all the risks with Billy Twomey's faithful stallion who always gives his best. Diniz separated the two Irishmen when breaking the beam with Fit for Fun half-a-second slower than Allen's target time. Allen, currently in No. 7 spot, looks set to move up the world rankings again following this result.
Meanwhile at Arnhem in Holland yesterday, Cameron Hanley finished fourth with Z Acodate in the 3-Star Grand Prix won by Dutchman Albert Zoer. Just three qualified for the jump-off, and Hanley claimed fourth spot after collecting a single first-round time fault. On Saturday, Cian O'Connor won the Medium Tour Anemone Prize with Quidam's Cherie.
And Conor Swail continued his great run of form when producing a double of wins at the Spruce Meadows North American Tournament in Calgary, Canada. He kicked off with victory with Simba de la Roque in the 1.50 Suncast Cup and followed that with victory in the 1.55m Progress Energy Cup with Grand Cru Eiken.
Nicola FitzGibbon (Poker des Dammes) and Daniel Coyle (Zuidam) were Grand Prix winners at Omagh.