Saturday 18 November 2017

Equestrian: Lynch falters in race to FEI World Cup

Louise Parkes

Denis Lynch finished best of the Irish when eighth in yesterday's World Cup qualifier in Lyon.

The Tipperary man qualified for the nine-horse jump-off, but two fences on the floor with Abbervail Van Het Dingeshof kept him down the order, as Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum claimed maximum points with Checkmate in the race to the FEI World Cup final in Leipzig next April.

The American-born German rider scooped the €60,000 first prize while the Irishman had to settle for a relatively modest €6,000.

Jessica Kuerten and Shane Breen also lined out in yesterday's event, but both went out of contention in the first round. Kuerten, however, finished seventh in Saturday's Masters in which the surprise winner was Spain's Sergio Alvarez Moya riding Wisconsin.

Meanwhile in Washington, Darragh Kenny steered Gael Force into sixth place in Saturday's World Cup qualifier won by American star McLain Ward and the great mare Sapphire.

Irish Independent

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