Sunday 21 January 2018

Equestrian: Lennon in fine form ahead of World Cup test

Louise Parkes

Irish riders were consistently placed at the 4-Star International in Birmingham over the weekend.

The British fixture attracted a strong international field and Dermott Lennon used it as useful warm-up for Hallmark Elite ahead of this week's World Cup final in Geneva when second in Friday's Accumulator.

The Puissance went to four rounds of jumping, and 23-year-old Anthony Condon and Wertherroschen shared a runner-up spot as the home side's Mark Bunting took the win producing the only fourth-round clear.

Mark Kyle stole the limelight on Thursday's opening night when steering the veteran Drunken Disorderly to win the British Open Indoor Cross-Country Challenge for the second year running.

Elsewhere, 18-year-old Robert Harrison won the HSI Chippison Tour Grand Prix at Mullingar on Saturday with a great double-clear from his father's Unlimited Lady to pip the Army's Lt Michael Kelly and Lough Foyle in the eight-horse jump-off.

However, John Floody's win yesterday with Larkhill Cruiser means he is now back at the top of the leaderboard going into the final at Coilog Equestrian Centre in Kildare next Sunday. His closest rival for the title will be Ger O'Neill who yesterday finished fourth with Kinagrelly.

Irish Independent

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