Bertram Allen makes it look Quiet Easy with second Hong Kong victory
- 20 February 2016, 15:15
WEXFORD’s Bertram Allen today (Saturday) scored his second win in 24 hours at the five-star Longines Masters in Hong Kong, with both victories coming with the Quantain Stud-owned gelding, Quiet Easy.
Allen beat British show jumping legend John Whitaker by half-a-second to take the winner’s prize, when last to go in the Longines Speed Challenge. Cork’s Billy Twomey also featured in the final line-up, taking sixth place with Joe Flynn’s Irish Sport Horse stallion Ardcolum Duke.
Twenty-year-old Allen brought his weekend prize-winnings to over €60,000 as he also finished third in an earlier jump-off class with Hector van d’Abdijhoeve.
Allen and Twomey are joined at the Hong Kong Masters by Tipperary’s Denis Lynch, where Sunday’s Grand Prix boasts a whopping half-a-million dollars in prize money.
Irish equestrian riders are in action across three continents this weekend. Along with Allen’s winning run in Hong Kong, Ireland finished sixth in Thursday’s Nations Cup in the United Arab Emirates, where Waterford’s Anthony Condon jumped a double clear round with the stallion Aristio.
Another Irish quartet finished fifth in Friday night’s Ocala Nations Cup in Florida, with Cian O’Connor jumping one of just two clears in the second round of the competition with the stallion Sam Du Challois.
Offaly’s Darragh Kenny was the winner of the Grand Prix at Wellington in Florida in the early hours of Saturday morning with, while Irish dressage rider Judy Reynolds recorded a top 10 finish in the FEI World Cup Grand Prix at Neumuenster in Germany with the Joe and Kathleen Reynolds-owned Vancouver K.