Allen claims top prize in Netherlands event
Wexford's Bertram Allen (23) came out on top and Offaly's Darragh Kenny (30) finished fourth in the 4-Star Longines Grand Prix at Maastricht in The Netherlands yesterday.
Riding Gin Chin van het Lindenhof, German-based Allen produced the quickest clear round in the seven-horse jump-off to claim the €33,000 winner's purse when breaking the beam in 38.99 seconds.
Kenny was fastest of all, racing through the timers in 37.37, but he had to settle for fourth when having a fence down with the stallion Balou de Reventon. On Friday, Allen and the same 12-year-old grey gelding were just pipped for the honours in the VDL Groep Prix, won by Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Calle.
At the World Cup show in Madrid on Friday, Louth's Mark McAuley was runner-up with Jasco de Bisschop in the El Sabio Trophy and Tipperary's Denis Lynch won the Six-Bar with All Star.