BERTRAM Allen just missed out on adding to his international victory tally when he was pipped by six-hundredths of a second in this afternoon’s (Sunday) 1m60 Masters Airbus Cup at the five-star meeting at Chantilly, France.
Riding nine-year-old gelding Belmonde, the Wexford rider set a sharp target early in the 16-strong jump-off, going clear in 36.77. However his effort was just bettered by Belgian Constant Van Paesschen, who got Diamanthina van T Ruytershof across the beam in 36.71.
Allen’s time was almost a full second quicker than third-placed Ferenc Szentirmai of Ukraine on Quickdiamond.
Yesterday, Allen placed 5th in the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at the French venue with Molly Malone V.
Bertram Allen came second in the Masters Airbus Cup at Chantilly