Saturday 24 March 2018

Lynch sparkles in Lyon


Louise Parkes

DENIS LYNCH made his presence felt at the World Cup show in Lyon, taking three runner-up placings in the first two days and finishing sixth in yesterday's Rolex FEI World Cup qualifier.

Lynch was second in Friday's 1.45m two-phase class on Abbervail van het Dingeshof in 28.86, with French rider Simon Delestre on Whisper snatching the winner's laurels when just 0.06 of a second quicker.

Second place in the Prix Fonds Eperon 1.60m competition behind Portuguese Luciana Diniz ensured Lynch's spot in yesterday's World Cup qualifier, alongside compatriots Shane Breen and Billy Twomey. On Saturday, Lynch made it a hat-trick of runner-up placings in the Equita Masters when Contifex jumped one of only two double clear rounds. Twomey, finished a close third with Tinka's Serenade.

Just nine of the 38 starters successfully navigated the first round 1.60m track in yesterday's World Cup class. Fourth in, Lynch jumped a smooth round on Lantinus in the jump-off in a time of 41.06, but one fence on the floor meant he had to settle for eventual sixth place. Twomey missed the cut with two fences down.

Meanwhile, in Washington, USA, Richie Moloney continued his good form when finishing fifth with Slievanorra in the $100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, having also been third in the Open Jumper competition earlier in the week on Alsvid.

Irish Independent

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