Ireland’s Denis Lynch delivered a classic performance in the five-star Longines Grand Prix at Barcelona on Sunday night to win the victor’s prize purse of €50,500 with Thomas Straumann’s bay stallion All Star.
The 39-year-old, who featured in Ireland’s fifth-placed Nations’ Cup Final team on Saturday, never looked in danger of being caught in the 18-strong second round when he stopped the clock at 47.63, a remarkable 11 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger, Mexico’s Santiago Lambre and the grey gelding Johnny Boy.
Ireland’s two other second-round contenders, Bertram Allen and Shane Breen, were not so fortunate, with Allen having to settle for seventh place when Molly Malone had one rail down, and Breen with Golden Hawk dropping to 18th overall when collecting 12 faults second time out.
A challenging course at the Spanish Grand Prix saw a plethora of time faults, with Lynch and Lambre the only two riders to finish on double clear rounds.
Irish show jumping team manager Robert Splaine said afterwards: “We saw two terrific performances this weekend at Barcelona from members of Ireland’s European Championship team.
“Following Cian O’Connor’s incredible clear round with Good Luck in the Nations’ Cup Final, we witnessed a mind-blowing display from Denis Lynch and All Star in the Grand Prix just now, completely wiping out the opposition and finishing with an amazing 11 seconds in hand at the end of the final round.”
Breen, who was not on the Nations’ Cup team, had two notable results in individual classes, recording a third place earlier in the day on Acoustik Solo du Baloubet, and a runner-up finish on Saturday on the same horse in the Two Phase class.