Irish pair impress in Swiss World Cup, with Lynch claiming Leading Rider title

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ACTION: Denis Lynch and ‘Cristello’ in action at the five-star contest in Basel in Switzerland. (FW03-506NN) PICTURE: courtesy of CSI Basel

TIPPERARY’S Denis Lynch completed an excellent few days at the five-star Swiss show in Basel, by taking fifth place in Sunday’s Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix.

Lynch once again partnered the Onyx Consulting owned ‘GC Chopin’s Bushi’ in Sunday’s World Cup and they were among 15 combinations who made it through to the jump-off. Lynch stopped the clock clear in 33.27 seconds in the second round, which would give him a fifth place finish. County Louth’s Mark McAuley and ‘Vivaldi du Theil’ also made it into the jump-off and finished on exactly the same time (33.52) as French rider Kevin Staut with ‘Viking d’La Rousserie’ to share seventh place overall.

ON THE PODIUM: Denis Lynch on the podium after winning the “Golden Drum of Basel” in Switzerland with ‘Cristello’. (FW03-505NN)

Swiss Olympic champion and and former World No 1 Steve Guerdat took the World Cup win in front of his home fans with ‘Victorio des Frotards’ after they stopped the clock clear in 31.44.

A year after finishing as runner-up to Irish teammate Billy Twomey in the “Golden Drum of Basel” in Switzerland, Tipperary’s Denis Lynch got his hands on the prestigious trophy on Saturday night, after an outstanding performance in the five-star contest saw him take victory aboard the Onyx Consulting-owned 13-year-old gelding ‘Cristello’, to take home just over €17,300.

Lynch was in superb form coming into the competition, having taken a runner-up finish on Friday in the Longines Grand Prix of Basel with ‘GC Chopin’s Bushi’. He went one better in Saturday night’s competition, and after an 11-horse jump-off, Lynch finished almost two seconds clear of Austrian runner-up Max Kühner and ‘Alfa Jordan’, while Bryan Balsiger (SUI) filled third spot on the podium with ‘Jenkins ter Doorn’. County Louth’s Mark McAuley also made it into the jump-off with ‘Miebello’, but two fences down against the clock saw them finish just outside the top 10.

Denis Lynch’s impressive results over the weekend saw him crowned Leading Rider of the Show in Basel, while he has also climbed to 10th place on the World Cup league table, ahead of the next round of action next weekend at Leipzig in Germany.

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