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Ireland's Bertram Allen on Molly Malone V competing during the first round of the team competiton at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Ireland's Bertram Allen on Molly Malone V competing during the first round of the team competiton at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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Ireland's Bertram Allen on Molly Malone V competing during the first round of the team competiton at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

The Irish team made it through to todays top-10 Team final while Bertram Allen dropped from first to 14th place individually at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen yesterday.

The track was stronger, and none of the four Irish team-members managed a clear round.

Lying seventh overnight, and despite adding 12 faults when Allen (Molly Malone), Darragh Kenny (Imothep) and Denis Lynch (All Star) all had a single fence down, Ireland dropped just one place to qualify for today's world championship team medal decider.

The Netherlands lead the way with the USA, Germany and France in hot pursuit, and the Irish are just over three fences off the leaders.

The Irish target is one of the five Olympic qualifying spots up for grabs. The Rio 2016 host country of Brazil made a meteoric rise from 12th to fifth yesterday when one of only two teams to post a zero score. The other came from the Dutch, who had been lying fifth after Tuesday's opening competition.

Kenny kicked off with a single mistake at the first element of the triple combination, fourth obstacle on the beautifully designed course that is proving quite a scary challenge for the equine athletes.

Allen, heading the individual standings after the opening day, then made it all the way to the bogey penultimate double where he left the second element on the floor. Lynch also faulted at the treble and Cameron Hanley and Antello Z posted a 12-fault result which was the discard score.

His one fence down dropped Allen to 14th place, but he is still carrying just four penalty points, and with three more rounds of jumping yet to come is not without an individual medal winning chance if he can stay clear over the next two days of jumping.

Irish Independent