AN outstanding performance from Tipperary’s Denis Lynch has seen him take a commanding victory in Sunday’s five-star Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix at Leipzig in Germany, coming out on top after a 16-horse jump-off, which featured many of the world’s top horses and riders.
Riding the 14-year-old gelding ‘GC Chopin’s Bushi’, who is owned by Onyx Consulting, Lynch took the lead when ninth to go in the jump-off with a stunning clear round, which saw him cross the line in 33.16 seconds. Only one rider managed to finish within a second of the Irish winner, while keeping the fences standing, with Germany’s Christian Ahlmann and ‘Dominator 2000 Z’ taking runner-up spot in 33.37. Third place also went to a German rider after Marcus Ehning crossed the line clear in 34.25 with ‘Comme il Faut’. Britain’s Robert Whitaker did manage to beat Lynch’s time when second last to go, but one fence on the floor saw his chances of victory end with ‘Catwalk IV’.
Denis Lynch first began riding ‘GC Chopin’s Bushi’ midway through last season and Sunday’s win comes just a week after the pair finished as runners-up in the Longines Grand Prix at Basel in Switzerland.
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