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Sunday 20 October 2019

Kenny scoops €160,000 as Irish riders produce five-star performances


Darragh Kenny. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / Sportsfile
Darragh Kenny. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / Sportsfile

Louise Parkes

Irish showjumpers were in superb form, placing in almost every class at the 5-Star fixture in Geneva, where Offaly's Darragh Kenny collected €160,000 for third place in the €1m Rolex Grand Prix - part of the Grand Slam of Showjumping.

Germany's Marcus Ehning scooped the top prize of €400,000.

Riding Balou de Reventon, the 12-year-old stallion with which he won the Sports Ireland Classic at this summer's Dublin Horse Show, Kenny was one of 11 to qualify for the Grand Prix jump-off.

And a second brilliant clear round was enough to secure third spot behind Swiss superstar Steve Guerdat, who won last Friday's prestigious Rolex IJRC Top-Ten final.

Louth rider Mark McAuley got the ball rolling with a second-place finish with Miebello in Friday's Two-Phase, and Kenny was runner-up with Cassini Z in the Coupe de Geneve on Saturday, when McAuley also posted a Speed win with Vivaldi du Theil.

Bertram Allen and GK Casper were runners-up in Saturday's Credit Suisse Challenge, pinning newly-crowned world champions, Germany's Simone Blum and her brilliant mare DSP Alice, into third.

And Allen, partnering Hector van d'Abdijhoeve, joined Switzerland's Janika Sprunger, Italy's Lorenzo de Luca and Frenchwoman Penelope Leprevost to win the Swiss Team Trophy.

In the novelty Indoor Cross-Country Challenge, world team and individual silver medallist in eventing Padraig McCarthy demonstrated his extraordinary talent when coming out on top ahead of Great Britain's Alexander Bragg.

The Irish team were led to success, and that all-important qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, by eventing high performance manager Sally Corscadden.

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