Tuesday 20 February 2018

Equestrian: Lynch chases slice of €1m bonus in Global finale

Louise Parkes

DENIS LYNCH looks set for a decent cut of the €1m bonus on offer to riders at the final leg of the 2011 Global Champions Tour series in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

The German-based Tipperary man is lying fourth going into the last of the 10 rounds, while Billy Twomey is in 14th spot. The bonus will be divided amongst the top-18 after Saturday's feature Grand Prix.

Only Australia's Edwina Tops-Alexander and Germany's Ludger Beerbaum are in line for the €300,000 that will go to the series champion. Tops-Alexander has a 20-point advantage over Beerbaum going into the decider.

Meanwhile, Dermott Lennon got off to a flying start at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, winning Tuesday's $31,000 Welcome Stakes with Riding Judith.

This week's Canadian fixture has attracted a sparkling line-up of talent and Dublin-based Conor Swail was well in the frame when finishing seventh with Lansdowne.

At home this weekend, Cavan Equestrian Centre stages its annual International fixture which will include the final of the Gain/Alltech Grand Prix League series on Friday.

With just five points separating leader Peter Smyth from Gabriel Slattery, the title is up for grabs. The Puissance takes place on Saturday and there is €8,000 on offer in Sunday's Grand Prix.

Showjumping Ireland confirmed this week that its accounts are in good shape and, for the second successive year, showing a profit.

At Tuesday night's AGM in Mullingar, SJI Financial Controller Philip Purcell said: "Although there are substantial increases in Insurance costs for 2012 along with the expected decline in membership and Show Income, these have already been tackled in our budgets and we are aiming for a fourth successive profitable year.''

Irish Independent

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