Runner-up finish for Ireland in thrilling Aga Khan Nations Cup at Dublin Horse Show
- 22 July 2016, 20:02
Photo: The 2016 Aga Khan runners-up, Ireland (l-r) Denis Lynch, Greg Broderick, Bertram Allen and Cian O’Connor with Horse Sport Ireland Team Manager Robert Splaine (Photo: Sonya Dempsey)
The Investec Irish Show Jumping team finished as runners-up in today’s Aga Khan Nations Cup contest at the RDS, with a pulsating competition ending with a jump-off between the home side and Italy.
Greg Broderick and MHS Going Global (Photo: Sonya Dempsey)
An incredible display saw Robert Splaine’s Irish quartet finish two rounds of jumping on a zero score, which was only matched by an inspired Italian side.
Both countries then had to nominate one rider each for a third round jump-off against the clock, where speed specialist Piergiorgio Buicci came out on top against Denis Lynch to give Italy their first Aga Khan victory since 2009. The USA and Sweden finish tied for third place, while Britain and Netherlands shared fifth place.
Cian O’Connor and Good Luck (Photo: Sonya Dempsey)
A thrilling afternoon of action saw Greg Broderick with The Irish Sport Horse MHS Going Global and Cian O’Connor with the stallion Good Luck, both jump perfect double clear rounds. Denis Lynch also never touched a pole over the two rounds of jumping, adding just a time fault second time out, while Bertram Allen also delivered a clear second round with the stallion Hector van d’Abdijhoeve.
Bertram Allen and Hector van d’Abdijhoeve (Photo: Sonya Dempsey)
Denis Lynch and All Star (Photo: Sonya Dempsey)
Horse Sport Ireland Show Jumping Team Manager Robert Splaine said:
“I would like to congratulate the Italian team, they were great as were our team today. We didn’t underestimate anyone I knew it would be tough. I think Nations Cup jumping is a fantastic spectacle and today highlighted this. To finish on a zero score is normally a winning score but the Italians match us pound for pound and on this occasion came out ahead.
“When it came down to a jump-off we discussed it at length and decided Denis was the man for the job His horse has a huge stride and in this big arena we felt was capable of doing things the opposition couldn’t and it certainly looked like it was going our way up to the very last jump. I would like to thank the riders, owners and the huge crowd for the wonderful support and encouragement they gave they gave as always.,” he said.
Today’s runner-up finish means Ireland are now guaranteed a place in the Furusiyya Nations Cup final in September and have also confirmed their position among the top tier of World Show Jumping again for 2017.
Irish team scores
Denis Lynch/All Star 0/1
Greg Broderick/MHS Going Global (ISH) 0/0
Bertram Allen/Hector van d’Abdijhoeve 8/0
Cian O’Connor/Good Luck 0/0
Two round team total 0 faults
Jump-off – Denis Lynch/All Star 6 faults 57.84,
– Piergiorgio Buicci/Casallo Z 0 faults 57.84