Ireland just one place outside Olympic qualification after Day One in Aachen
Ireland have made a solid start the European Championships in Aachen and have kept their hopes of qualifying for the Rio Olympics alive.
Wexford's Bertram Allen produced a fast round of jumping on Ballywalter Farms’s Molly Malone put him in fifth individual place, just over two seconds adrift of French leader Penelope Leprovost on Flora de Mariposa, in a 94-strong field.
Ireland opened the competition with eight faults for Denis Lynch and All Star 5, followed by Allen's clear and a further clear round from Greg Broderick and his superstar horse MHS Going Global
Cian O'Connor and Good Luck had one rail on the floor and the team total, with times converted to points, left Ireland in eighth place.
Ireland are fourth of the non Olympic-qualified teams at Aachen. Ireland must finish in the top three of that category in order to guarantee a team place at Rio next year.
Each of the four riders will jump a standard Nations’ Cup round on Thursday with the three best scores being added to the team score from the first day.
After this round the top ten teams go forward to the team final on Friday, carrying their score from the first two rounds.