Bertram Allen and Hector grab fourth spot in Madrid Global Champions Tour Grand Prix
- 21 May 2016, 20:45
A STUNNING triple-clear round from Bertram Allen and the stallion Hector Van D’Abdijhoeve, saw the pair finish fourth in a hugely competitive Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at Madrid in Spain tonight (Saturday).
The five-star contest had a whopping €320,000 up for grabs, with Allen pocketing €32,000 with the nine-year-old Hector when they missed out on a place on the podium by just half a second.
Eight double clear rounds had made it through to the third round jump-off and the extremely high level of performance was maintained in the decider with six combinations managing to finish the competition without lowering a fence.
Ireland’s only other representative, Tipperary’s Denis Lynch, missed out on a place in the second round after lowering a single rail with All Star 5. German maestro Marcus Ehning grabbed the winners prize of over €100,000 with the 13-year-old gelding Pret A Tout. Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Alsharbatly took runner-up spot with Tobalio while the home crowd cheered home Spaniard Eduardo Alvarez Aznar riding Rokfeller de Pleville Bois Mar into third.
Bertram Allen’s mount Hector, who was produced in Ireland by Galway’s Tomas O’Brien and is owned by Noel Delahunty, was the youngest horse in the prizes at just nine-years-old.
The result moves Allen into seventh place on the Global Champions Tour leaderboard having already won almost €200,000 in prizemoney at this early stage of the season.
Meanwhile at the three-star Danish show in Odense, Meath’s Alexander Butler scored a superb win in the Grand Prix qualifier. Butler guided the Michael Leddy’s 12-year-old Monastery Stud More Pleasure to victory when they were the only pair to finish clear in under 61 seconds.