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Equestrian: Lynch proves Olympic ordeal is thing of past with timely return to form

Denis Lynch made a firm return to form over the weekend in Bordeaux when finishing ninth in Saturday night's World Cup qualifier and sixth in yesterday's Grand Prix partnering his Olympic ride, Lantinus.

The German-based Tipperary man has taken some time to bounce back after his shocking dismissal from the closing stages of last summer's Olympic Games in Hong Kong and his subsequent three-month suspension for the use of a banned substance on his horse.

But on Saturday night he was unlucky to miss the cut into the World Cup jump-off when producing the fastest four-fault result in the first round, during which Jessica Kuerten retired with Quibell.

The Dutch partnership of Albert Zoer and Oki Doki were the popular winners here, clinching the €40,500 winners purse.


Yesterday Lynch was foot-perfect all the way in the first round of the Grand Prix and left all the poles in place again in the 11-horse jump-off.

But his time of 37.18 seconds was only good enough for sixth spot as German riders Marco Kutscher (Cash), Marcus Ehning (Sandro Boy) and Ludger Beerbaum (Coupe de Coeur) scooped the top three placings ahead of Zoer and his second ride, Sam, who slotted into fourth ahead of Britain's Robert Whitaker and Lacroix in fifth.

Meanwhile, at the Winter Equestrian Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida, Irishmen Kevin Babington -- riding Souvenir -- and Darragh Kerins -- riding Night Train -- claimed fourth and fifth places respectively in last Thursday's $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup, won by World No 1 and Olympic champion Eric Lamaze from Canada.

Kerins returned with Night Train to finish in 10th place in Saturday's €150,000 World Cup qualifier.

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