Tipperary showjumper, Denis Lynch finished third in the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Valencia.
With just five through to the jump-off from a starting field of 39, it certainly looked as though Lynch could make it two victories in-a-row for Ireland in the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at Valencia.
Cork’s Billy Twomey, who won the Spanish prize last year, dropped out of Saturday’s proceedings when he had two fences down in the first round with the mare Tinka’s Serenade, as did Mark McAuley and Loriot, leaving only Lynch to carry the Irish flag.
But despite going clear for a second time with Thomas Straumann’s bay gelding Abbervail van het Dingeshof, the 36-year-old could not maintain his clean sheet in the five-horse final round, lowering one pole to finish in third. Victory and €94,000 in prize money went instead to Britain’s zero-scoring Ben Maher and Tripple X III, with fellow Briton Michael Whitaker taking the runner-up prize of €57,000 on Viking, also on a zero penalty score.
Lynch, who was the only one of the remaining three in the jump-off not to incur eight faults, picked up almost €43,000 for his third place.
Elsewhere Cashel’s Shane Breen was placed fifth in the Lummen Derby on board the Irish-bred KEC Alicante, yielding victory to Britain’s William Funnell riding Dorada, another Irish-bred mount, while yet another Irish-bred, Riverside Ace, finished in tenth under Ireland’s Alexander Butler. Breen also took a seventh place at Lummen in the 1m40 jump off class with Zarnita