Thursday 17 August 2017

Kenny takes team gold in Shanghai

Equestrian

This was an experimental team as Ireland was not in contention for points at the Belgian fixture. (Stock photo)
This was an experimental team as Ireland was not in contention for points at the Belgian fixture. (Stock photo)

Louise Parkes

Darragh Kenny enjoyed a superb weekend at the third leg of the Global Champions series in Shanghai when partnering America's Jack Towell to win the Global Champions League team event.

Riding under the Paris Panthers banner, the 29-year-old from Belmont in Offaly gave his side the advantage when winning the first round of this new-formula competition that brings together top riders from all around the globe.

Then, in the second and deciding round, he steered Charly Chaplin into fifth place, sealing pole position for his team ahead of the Hamburg Diamonds duo of Great Britain's John Whitaker and Belgium's Jos Verlooy.

The US-based Irishman also took the runner-up spot in the Two-Phase with Chanel behind Olympian Ramzy Al Duhami from Saudi Arabia, and then finished individually seventh, once again with Charly Chaplin, in the Grand Prix in which Italy's Lorenzo de Luca claimed the €165,000 first prize.

Bertram Allen's Valkenswaard United heads the GCL leaderboard going into the next round of the glamorous 15-leg series in Madrid.

Meanwhile at Lummen in Belgium, Anthony Condon steered Balzac to victory in the 1.50m Classic with the only double-clear in the competition.

In France, Irish national dressage champion Roland Tong steered Rybrook Ambience into fifth place in the CDI 3-Star Grand Prix.

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