Denis Lynch will not be among the show jumpers meeting with Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) personnel in Dublin today, according to his brother Shay, as the governing body prepares to advertise the Ireland manager’s job.
The Tipperary rider pocketed €60,000 when second in yesterday Gucci Grand Prix in Paris on Abbervail van het Dingeshof, and Shay, who acts as his manager, last night said “He won’t be at the meeting” as he is on his way home from the French capital.
According to HSI, the purpose of today’s gathering is to help it define the role of the team manager, ahead of the termination of Robert Splaine’s contract on December 31.
Splaine, who wants to remain as manager, had nominated Lynch for the Olympics earlier this year, but dropped him after his horse Lantinus was disqualified at Aachen, Germany.
His replacement Cian O’Connor went on to win a bronze medal and yesterday he confirmed he will attend today’s meeting.
The Meath-based rider opted to compete in the three-star show in Stockholm at the weekend, and is confident it has primed his horses for London Olympia in a fortnight.
O’Connor rode Ulano to sixth in the grand prix, having placed third with his newest acquisition ISHD Dual Star in the 1.40m final.
“I have competed at Olympia every year for the last six years. I won a big class with Splendor last year and previously won the grand prix, so it has always been a lucky fixture for me.
“Stockholm was a similar type of event, full of Christmas atmosphere, and it was ideal to get both horse and jockey prepared and sharp for Olympia.”
O’Connor will saddle up both mounts in the 40th anniversary of the London extravaganza, opting to rest his Olympic bronze-medal-winning mount Blue Loyd.
“Stockholm was Dual Star’s first time to be outside of Ireland. I bought her in the North a couple of weeks ago. She is a product of the breeding programme at Necarne and carries the prefix ISHD for Irish Sports Horse Development. She is a nine-year-old and with her previous rider John McLoughlin placed in many classes.
“I was third in the Cavan Autumn League Final with her and am very pleased with her. I will take her to the United Arab Emirates in January. I’ll be there for five weeks. You can only take two horses, so Michael Duffy, the national champion, will accompany me and ride two other horses of mine.”
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