Clark up to twelfth at Badminton

Aoife Clark and Master Crusoe added just 0.8 time penalties on the cross-country at Badminton Horse Trials yesterday, rising four places to 12th.

The performance left the Kildare rider 10.6 pens adrift of leader, Germany’s Michael Jung on La Biosthetique, the current Olympic, World and European champion justifying his favourite’s tag with a flawless cross-country.

Sam Watson and Horseware Bushman also go into today’s show jumping phase on their dressage score, their cross-country clear putting them in 24th place on 52.8 pens. He is followed by Elizabeth Power (September Bliss) in 29th, Sarah Ennis (Sugar Brown Babe) in 44th, Joseph Murphy (Electric Cruise) in 59th position, Jim Newsam (Magennis) in 64th and Michael Ryan (Ballylynch Skyport) in 68th place. Peter Hannigan (First Mate) was eliminated yesterday following a fall.

In Madrid, Spain, show jumper Denis Lynch secured a cheque for €28,500 when fourth in the opening leg of the Global Champions Tour.

The Tipperary rider was one of eight to make the third-round jump-off and was on target to celebrate his birthday in style, only for Abbervail van het Dingeshof to clip the third last. As the only competitor to complete the jump-off error-free, Britain’s Michael Whitaker claimed the top prize of €94,000 with Viking.

At the three-star show in Ebreichsdorf, Cian O’Connor continued his winning-streak, beating 57 rivals to take the Small Grand Prix with Unique, having already claimed a speed class with Trebox Acorada.


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