Allen all class again as he bags Global Champions Tour Grand Prix
- 15 July 2023, 21:19
Bertram Allen and Pacino Amiro (ISH) are on fire at the moment and they made it two five-star wins in two nights on the Longines Global Champions Tour in A Coruna.
Allen and the Aiden McGrory-owned 11-year-old won at the Spanish venue on Friday, when pipping compatriot Billy Twomey to top spot on the podium, and the Wexford man bagged his first Global Champions Tour Grand Prix since 2015.
One of nine to jump clear in round one, including fellow Irishman Trevor Breen on Highland President, Allen had Greece’s Ioli Mytilineou and L’artiste de Toxandra’s time of 41.21 seconds to beat to win the €300,000 Grand Prix.
And just like on Friday, the Irish Olympian was lightning fast on board the Irish Sport Horse, dipping comfortably under the time to top the podium.
Holland’s Harrie Smolders and Monaco NDP completed the podium, a further half second back in 42.75 seconds.
Breen and Highland President will also be happy with their outing, the Tipperary man stopping the clock fifth fastest in the jump-off in a time of 45.79 seconds.
Allen, whose mount was the second highest earner in the world last year, said: “My horse was brilliant all weekend and I’m absolutely delighted to get the win.
“These Global Champions Tour Grand Prix are not easy to win so I’m thrilled to have won my second. I had a similar plan to Ioli and after watching her round I knew it was possible – thankfully I was quicker.”
The win means Allen and Pacino Amiro qualify for the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Final in Prague later in the year and he said: “That’s great to hear, I wasn’t aware of that but I’ve always want to jump in it so I’m delighted with that.”
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