The Wexford rider and the stallion Hector van d’Abdijhoeve had to give way to Belgian Jos Verlooy on Caracas, but it was the experience of Roger Yves Bost that won the day, the Frenchman fastest on Quod’Couer de La Loge.
Allen was last to go in the four-horse, third-round jump-off, but lowered the penultimate fence with the nine-year-old grey — owned by Noel Delahunty of Connaught Bloodstock — bucking upon landing.
Bost collected €132,000 for his efforts, with €60,000 going to German-based Allen, who said: “Bosty had a really good round, he was fast. I knew it was going to be difficult for me to beat that. I’m delighted to be sitting here.”
Allen returns to Europe this week ahead of the opening leg of the Furusiyya Nations Cup series at Lummen, Belgium, on Friday week, with the squad also made up of his three rivals for the sole Olympic place available to Ireland, Cian O’Connor (Good Luck), Denis Lynch (All Star 5), and Greg Broderick (MHS Going Global), along with Anthony Condon (Aristio).
In Keysoe, Britain, reigning Irish national dressage champion Roland Tong and Rybrook Ambience placed fourth in the Grand Prix Kür at the three-star show on Saturday.
Competing in only their second international big tour grand prix freestyle, Roland and Ambience scored a personal best of 72.925% as a combination.
Also in Britain, at the three-star event in Belton, Kildare’s Aoife Clarke was third after dressage on Fernhill Adventure, before rising to second after a clear in show jumping. She produced another clear in the cross-country, but her 6.4 time penalties saw her slip to fifth.
Three of her compatriots finished in the top 15, with Clare Abbott (Euro Prince) next best in 11th, one place ahead of Mark Kyle (Jemilla), while Sarah Ennis and BLM Diamond Delux ended in 15th.
In Fontainebleau, France, the Irish pony show jumping team of Cian Harrison (Knockeroghery Prince), Abbie Sweetnam (Dynamite Spartacus), Kate Derwin (Vales Blue Melody) and Ciaran Nallon (Dibidoe) placed third in the nations cup.