Sunday 22 October 2017

Lynch plunders German prize after surviving tense jump-off

Denis Lynch, Ireland
Denis Lynch, Ireland

Equestrian Louise Parkes

Denis Lynch clinched the €12,500 top prize when winning the 3-Star Grand Prix at Norten-Hardenberg, Germany with Coulisa.

Just four of the 52 starters qualified for the jump-off, and the Tipperary man pipped Holland's Marc Houtzager and the veteran 18-year-old Sterrehofs Opium by just under a second.

Marlon Zanotelli had the quickest time with Extra van Essene to finish third, while Germany's Philipp Weishaupt and Cordess took fourth.

Lynch and Coulisa also won the Grand Prix at San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy, two weeks ago.

In Austria yesterday, Antrim's Jessica Kurten finished second in the Gold Tour Final at Ebreichsdorf with Paul Bucheler's 10-year-old stallion Croesus, narrowly beaten by local rider Stefan Eder and Concordija in the 17-horse jump-off.

Ireland's only competitor at the 5-Star fixture at Piazza di Siena in Rome was Mark McAuley, who barely missed out on a place in the Rome Grand Prix jump-off with Isco de Amoranda.

In a thrilling 13-horse jump-off 2008 Olympic champion, Canada's Eric Lamaze, secured his second Grand Prix victory in a row.

Riding Zigali PS, he pipped Britain's Michael Whitaker and Viking by just two-hundredths of a second to clinch the €66,000 prize.

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