Monday 19 February 2018

Lynch leads Irish raid on Geneva in quest for World Cup points

EQUESTRIAN

Louise Parkes

The hunt for World Cup qualifying points continues this weekend in Geneva where Denis Lynch, Niall Talbot and Jessica Kuerten are in action for Ireland.

Dermott Lennon will compete at the stylish 5-Star Swiss fixture, but not in Sunday's World Cup class.

Kuerten, 78th in the world rankings, has been noticeably absent from the World Cup circuit this season, but will be hoping to make an impression with API Largo, VDL Harley and Vincente.

Talbot brings his exciting ride Nicos De La Cense, while Lynch is listed with Lantinus, Nabab's Son and Contifex.

Lynch remains in eighth place in the newly-calculated world rankings released on Tuesday, while Billy Twomey has slipped three places to 12th.

So far, Lynch is the only Irish rider in contention for a starting spot at the World Cup Final at 's-Hertogenbosch in Holland next April.

He lies fifth on the western European League leaderboard after five of the 12 qualifying rounds with 34 points and only needs about 10 more points to make the cut.

Meanwhile, Cian O'Connor competes at the 4-Star in Porto which starts today.

The 32-year-old has been replenishing his string since selling his top horses Larkhill Cruiser, Temple Road and K Club Lady earlier in the year.

His latest addition, Blue Loyd, looks promising.

Irish Independent

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