Equestrian: Jump-off error costs Lynch
Published 08/02/2010 | 05:00
equestrian: A bizarre lapse in concentration from Denis Lynch and pure bad luck for Billy Twomey denied Ireland glory in Abu Dhabi and Bordeaux over the weekend,
writes LOUISE PARKES.
Lynch was one of 12 to qualify for the jump-off in the €96,500 Grand Prix at Bordeaux yesterday with All Inclusive.
But against the clock he jumped the first fence from the opening-round course instead of the jump-off track and was eliminated. "It's the first time this has happened to me and hopefully the last!" he said.
A single first-round error kept Jessica Kuerten out of the timed round and both of the Irish riders also finished well down the line in Saturday night's World Cup Qualifier.
In Abu Dhabi, both Twomey and Cameron Hanley made it through to the decider in Saturday's €300,000 Grand Prix , and Twomey should have had it in the bag when breaking the beam in the fast time of 35.61 seconds with J'Taime Flamenco.
But the stallion hit the final fence so Twomey had to settle for a modest €10,000 instead of the winner's purse of €90,000, which was claimed by Belgium's Jos Lansink. Hanley collected €3,000 when 10th with Southwind VDL.