OFFALY’S Darragh Kenny recorded an hugely impressive runner-up finish against a top class field in Sunday’s five-star 1.60m Rolex Grand Prix at Knokke in Belgium.
Riding the Ann Thompson-owned 12-year-old stallion ‘Balou du Reventon’, Kenny was among a group of 14 riders who made it into the jump-off. Drawn midway through the second round, Kenny took the lead with a blistering fast clear in 39.06 seconds. He was eventually pipped for victory by the in-form Belgian rider Niels Bruynseels with ‘Gancia de Muze’. He crossed the line in 38.74 to take the top prize of a new Audi car and €26,000. Kenny took home €60,000 for his runner-up finish, while Britain’s William Whitaker collected €45,000 for his third place finish with ‘Utamaro D Ecaussines’.