Sixth place finish for Bertram Allen in Olympia World Cup to add to Saturday night victory
- 17 December 2017, 16:32
Wexford’s Bertram Allen and the grey mare Molly Malone have recorded a top six finish in today’s (Sunday) five-star Longines FEI World Cup at Olympia London International Horse Show. Allen and Molly Malone lowered a single fence in the first round, but a fast time saw them take sixth place overall to collect 11 World Cup points and almost €9,000
Cian O’Connor finished with two fences down with the 10-year-old Skyhorse, having made a dash back to London to compete having collected the RTE Sport Awards “Team of the Year” trophy on behalf of the European Gold Medal winning Irish team. Victory in the Olympia World Cup went to French rider Julien Epaillard with Toupie de la Roque ahead of Britain’s Scott Brash in second with Ursula. Olympia was hosting round 8 of 13 legs of the World Cup series. Tipperary’s Denis Lynch and Louth’s Mark McAuley are in joint fifth place on the league table with 37 points apiece, while Bertram Allen has moved up to 22nd place with 22 points.
On Saturday night, Bertram Allen recorded Ireland’s first win at this year’s Olympia Horse Show, taking the winners prize of over €6,000 in the 1m55 Martin Collins Enterprises Christmas Tree Stakes.
Twenty-two year-old Allen and Gin Chin van het Lindenhof (pictured above), produced a foot-perfect double clear round, stopping the clock in 30.76 seconds in the jump-off.
The 11-year-old grey gelding Gin Chin van het Lindenhof was previously ridden by Germany’s Marcus Ehning. Allen only acquired the gelding a couple of months ago, but their partnership looks well-cemented already and they had 0.38 seconds in hand over in-form Dutchman Harrie Smolders who looked to have the class in the bag on Cas.
“Harrie is very fast so I knew I had to nail it and I gave it my all. This is a relatively new horse for me but he’s been very well schooled,” Allen commented.
The Olympia London International Horse Show concludes on Monday with the Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix.