Darragh Kenny scoops €60,000 for runner-up finish in five-star Belgian Rolex Grand Prix
- 1 July 2018, 15:21
Offaly’s Darragh Kenny has recorded an hugely impressive runner-up finish against a top class field in today’s (Sunday) five-star 1m60 Rolex Grand Prix at Knokke in Belgium.
Riding the Ann Thompson-owned 12-year-old stallion Balou du Reventon, Kenny was among a group of 14 riders who made it into the jump-off. Drawn midway through the second round, Kenny took the lead with a blistering fast clear in 39.06 seconds. He was eventually pipped for victory by the in-form Belgian rider Niels Bruynseels with Gancia de Muze. He crossed the line in 38.74 to take the top prize of a new Audi car and €26,000. Kenny took home €60,000 for his runner-up finish while Britain’s William Whitaker collected €45,000 for his third place finish with Utamaro D Ecaussines.
The result comes on the back of another fantastic result for Ireland at the top level of the sport on Saturday, when Tipperary’s Shane Breen took victory in the five-star Monaco Grand Prix while Denis Lynch joined him on the podium taking third place.