DENIS Lynch was best of the Irish at Saturday night’s rich Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, securing a sixth place prize of 8,550 euro with his new horse, Thomas Straumann’s bay stallion All Star 5.
The Tipperary rider made it through the first two demanding rounds of the five star competition, but four faults on his scorecard kept him out of the four-horse jump off, which was won by French star Kevin Staut and the 11 year-old gelding Reveur de Hurtebise on three clear rounds, which netted him a generous 94,000 euro.
Ireland had two other riders in the top 12, however, with Jessica Kurten and the Dutch-bred gelding Vincente taking 5,700 euro for a four-fault two round eighth place, and Billy Twomey picking up 2,850 euro when finishing 11th on five faults with Sue Davies’s mare Tinka’s Serenade.
Twomey also had a third place in the earlier speed class on his own stallion Romanov, with Jessica Kurten finishing in ninth on Voss. The competition was won by the Ukraine’s Cassio Rivetti and Bockmann’s Lazio
Earlier at Spruce Meadows in Canada, Ireland’s Darragh Kerins took a fourth place with Hot Wheels in the jump-off competition, with Shane Sweetnam and Diktator van de Boslandhoeve placing seventh, both riders incurring zero faults over two rounds. The USA’s McLain Ward took the trophy with the Dutch-bred gelding Pjotter van de Zonnehoeve.