Saturday 18 November 2017

Equestrian: Lynch pipped for top spot as Ehning hits the jackpot in Rio success

Denis Lynch was just pipped for the €100,000 first prize at the Global Champions Tour (GCT) final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday night, when Germany's Marcus Ehning scooped a record €430,000 for his weekend's work.

The last leg of the high-profile nine-leg GCT series attracted a world-class field, and Lynch was one of seven into the third-round jump-off. He set a blistering target with All Inclusive in 33.50 seconds, but Ehning shaved a quarter of a second off that with Noltes Kuchengirl and Lynch had to settle for the €70,000 runner-up prize.

Jessica Kuerten decided not to travel to Rio but still claimed a good share of the €1m bonus on offer to the top-18 finishers in the series when holding on to fifth place in the final standings. Billy Twomey was also in action in Rio, but retired with Je T'Aime Flamenco in the first round of Saturday's Grand Prix.

At home yesterday, newly crowned Irish National Champion Eddie Moloney won the final leg of the SJI Premier Grand Prix League but it was nine-time winner Paul O'Shea who claimed the series title.

Meanwhile, at Camphire International Horse Trials in Waterford yesterday, Howth-born sisters Sarah and Nicola Ennis took the top three places in the CIC 2-Star competition and top-six finishing spots in both divisions of the CIC 1-Star.

Sarah (35) scored a one-two when heading up the 2-Star with BLM Diamond Delux and finishing second with Sugar Brown Babe, while Nicola (29) was a close third riding The Underdog.

And at Blair Castle in Scotland, Irish riders claimed five top-10 places over the four international classes.

Irish Independent

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