Tuesday 24 April 2018

Lennon through to Geneva decider

Louise Parkes

Dermott Lennon lies joint 15th with Hallmark Elite after yesterday's second leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup final in Geneva and has qualified for tomorrow's deciding competition.

But Darragh Kenny didn't make the cut with Obelix when lowering the massive oxer at fence nine and the tall final planks on the tough 12-fence course. The top 28 go through and Kenny was joint 29th after the first two legs, but the 22-year old from Offaly showed tremendous potential on his debut at this level.

Lennon and his 10-year-old gelding were looking good until standing too far off that same big spread at fence nine in an otherwise impeccable round.

Last night's course was truly testing and first-day winner, America's Rich Fellers riding the Irish-bred stallion Flexible, dropped out of contention when lowering two fences.

But the Americans still have the whip hand with McLain Ward, second on Thursday and again last night, leading the posse ahead of Mario Deslauriers, who claimed the title 26 years ago when he was 19.

In hot pursuit is double-World Cup champion Marcus Ehning, followed by world No 1 Pius Schwizer.

With the results of the first two classes converted into points, Lennon, the 2002 World Champion, is 13 faults behind the leader.

Irish Independent

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