Lynch retires Abbervail after yet another victory
Denis Lynch steered Abbervail van het Dingeshof to victory in the main class at the 5-Star international fixture in Basel, Switzerland on Saturday and then announced the 16-year-old horse's retirement.
Just six of the 43 starters qualified for the second-round jump-off against the clock in the Hotel les Trois Rois 1.50m competition, and the Tipperaryman, and the big Belgian warmblood gelding he has partnered for over seven years, pinned Swiss star Romain Duguet and his nine-year-old gelding Twentytwo des Bisches into runner-up spot.
Abbervail and Lynch came together in 2008, but having found the winning formula as part of the Irish Nations Cup team at Lummen in Belgium in 2010, they got into their stride.
Victory in the prestigious Grand Prix at Wiesbaden in Germany quickly followed. The pair competed at two World Cup Finals and claimed a hat-trick of victories including the Grand Prix title at Braunschweig 4-Star last March, and also earned the coveted Golden Whip award.
Billy Twomey was the sole Irish representative in the Basel Grand Prix yesterday but missed out on the jump-off with his 18-year-old mare Tinka's Serenade.