Equestrian: Boy-wonder Allen goes double-clear
Teenage boy-wonder, Bertram Allen, followed an early-morning win with Wild Thing to record a remarkable double-clear on his senior team debut in the Nations Cup at Linz, Austria yesterday.
The 17-year-old German-based Wexford lad produced one of just two foot-perfect performances of the day when Ireland recovered from a bruising opening round to rally brilliantly second time out.
Pathfinder Billy Twomey had a difficult day with the stallion Je T'Aime Flamenco when collecting 20 faults over his two rounds of competition and Ireland only just managed to squeeze into the final qualifying spot for the second round at this 3-Star fixture, when lying eighth of the 11 competing nations at the halfway stage.
Twomey's second-in-command, Anthony Condon picked up 13 faults with Special Lux first time out while anchorman, Capt Michael Kelly, had four fences down with Annestown.
But Condon returned a second-round clear and, when the army man lowered only the very last fence at his second attempt and Allen was clear once again, Robert Splaine's side moved up three places on the leader board.
The experienced Swiss side won through in a mighty battle with a relatively unknown Australian team, while Germany finished third.