Bertram Allen’s double clear secures victory in Monte Carlo

A double clear from Wexford show jumper Bertram Allen and Izzy By Picobello ensured Valkenswaard United their third win of the season in the Global Champions League team contest in Monte Carlo yesterday.

Bertram Allen’s double clear secures victory in Monte Carlo

The 20-year-old was joined by Eduardo Menezes (Caruschka), the Brazilian picking up four faults in the opening round of what was the ninth leg of a league that was launched this year as an offshoot of the Global Champions Tour and which features 12 two-rider teams, each selected from five-strong squads.

Eight teams progressed to the second round of yesterday’s contest and aclear from Menezes saw Allen take up the challenge, matching his team-mate with the nine-year-old mare.

With the pressure on league leaders Monaco Aces, American Schuyler Riley needed a clear with Dobra de Porceyo to ensure victory for league leaders Monaco Aces, but she returned with eight faults to hand the top prize to Allen’s Valkenswaard United, cutting the Aces league lead to just three points.

Allen failed to make an impression in Saturday’s Global Champions Tour grand prix.

While he four-faulted on Molly Malone V in the first round, it was good enough to secure him a return to the tiny arena. Things were going well until the last fence, causing him to look back even before the mare had landed after she hit the top plank to leave him in 15th place.

The grand prix also saw Denis Lynch jump a clear first round aboard Quattro Z, but he was eliminated upon his return to the arena after the nine-year-old chestnut gelding took exception to a couple of fences.

It was a different scenario for Allen on Friday, when he and Molly Malone V raced to victory in a 1.55mtr class, coming out tops in a 13-horse jump-off by just eight-hundredths of a second to pocket over €30,000.

At Hickstead, an Irish horse ensured Irish riders had to take a back seat in yesterday’s famed derby, as Glenavadra Brilliant carried Britain’s Michael Whitaker to victory ahead of Ireland’s joint runners-up Billy Twomey and Richard Howley.

Whitaker and the 13-year-old gelding, bred by Frank Fahy in Galway, collected just a single time fault to deny Twomey (Diaghilev), Howley (Chinook) and Britain’s Harriet Nuttall on the Irish-bred Touch Imperious, each on four faults.

Corkman Twomey and his Hamburg Derby winner Diaghilev lowered a fence at the Devils Dyke, while Sligo’s Howley was first to go in the competition and laid down a tough target when he also finished with a single fence down, while Nuttall knocked the last fence on the course.

Saturday saw Irish riders notch up a double as torrential rain lashed the Sussex venue, with Twomey claiming the Tom Hudson Derby Trophy aboard the nine-year-old gelding Thomas, the Corkman proving swiftest in a four-horse jump-off. Earlier, Tipperary’s Shane Breen and Slibermond won the championship for horses aged seven and eight.

The Irish-bred Silver Lift carried Nuttall to victory in the Hickstead Speed Derby, while also taking third place on the Irish-bred Highland Cruiser II.

At the four-star nations cup show in Rotterdam, Offaly’s Darragh Kenny powered to victory in the grand prix qualifier. At the Dutch two-star show in Kronemburg, Mayo’s Cameron Hanley won the Parkhotel Horst Prix riding Falco Van Spieveld

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