Tuesday 21 November 2017

Speed triumph a consolation for Allen

Jodie O’Keeffe and Kachemire enjoyed success at Tattersalls DAMIEN EAGERS
Jodie O’Keeffe and Kachemire enjoyed success at Tattersalls DAMIEN EAGERS

Louise Parkes

Bertram Allen steered Quiet Easy to victory in the Bitburger Speed class at the prestigious CHIO in Aachen, Germany yesterday, but none of the Irish contenders featured in the lucrative Rolex Grand Slam Grand Prix.

Allen (19) was runner-up with the seven-year-old stallion Cheese WZ in the Youngster Cup.

Denis Lynch and All Star were just pipped in the 1.55 Winning Round competition in which Germany’s David Will topped the field with Mic Mac du Tillard. Allen also joined Australia’s Boyd Exell to win the Jump and Drive novelty competition.

Going last in yesterday’s Speed class, Allen scorched home with the 11-year-old Quiet Easy to pin Germany’s Mario Stevens into runner-up position.

However nine faults with his top mare, Molly Malone, kept him out of the running in the Million Euro Rolex Grand Prix in which Lynch and Abbervail van het Dingeshof picked up 16 faults.

The €330,000 top prize went to British Olympic gold medallist Scott Brash with Hello Sanctos who now heads for the third leg of the Rolex Grand Slam series in Canada in September with a big chance of collecting the €1m bonus.

Meanwhile at Tattersalls International Horse Trials in Fairyhouse yesterday, Austin O’Connor (Kilpatrick Knight) finished best of the home side when lining up sixth in the feature Irish Field CCI 3-Star won by Britain’s Kitty King (Ceylor).

And British star William Fox-Pitt scored a double  in the Eventing Ireland 2-Star (Ramdam de Mons) and the Cooley Farm Young Horse 1-Star (The Soapdodger).

He was pipped by Ireland’s Jodie O’Keeffe (Kachemire) in the Landrover 1-Star.

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