Allen banks £70,000 after weekend of French heroics
Bertram Allen scored a sensational hat-trick of wins before filling runner-up spot behind Olympic champion Steve Guerdat in the Grand Prix at La Baule, France yesterday.
The 19-year-old from Wexford, who finished third at the Longines World Cup final in Las Vegas last month, was almost unstoppable during the French 5-Star fixture, kicking off with a Speed win partnering the 17-year-old stallion Romanov last Thursday.
On Friday, riding Wild Thing, he pinned Cian O’Connor and Aramis into runner-up spot in another Speed event before the pair joined forces in the Furusiyya Nations Cup in which the Irish team finished third.
Allen brought Wild Thing out again on Saturday to set the target at the midway stage of the prestigious Derby, crossing the line in 141.23 seconds and leaving just a single fence on the floor.
The young Irishman played with Guerdat all weekend, but the Swiss star got the edge in yesterday’s Longines Grand Prix.
Going fifth of the 10 through to the jump-off with Romanov, Allen again set the target when clear in 44.91 seconds.
But, last to go, Guerdat and his Olympic ride Nino des Buissonnets broke the beam more than half a second quicker to claim the €66,000 winners purse, Allen still pocketing €40,000 for his second-place finish and over €70,000 for his excellent weekend’s work.
Meanwhile, Irish riders were also on form at Royal Windsor Horse Show, where Dermott Lennon clinched yesterday’s Alltech Grand Prix title.
Just four made it into the jump-off and, riding the 13-year-old Irish mare Loughview Lou Lou, the former world champion was almost two seconds faster than British runner-up Robert Whitaker with Catwalk.