Stunning five-star €200,000 French Grand Prix win for Ireland’s Denis Lynch
- 20 September 2020, 15:57
A superb performance from Tipperary’s Denis Lynch and the Onyx Consulting-owned stallion Cristello, has seen them take victory in today’s five-star Grand Prix at Grimaud in France.
All the odds seemed to point towards a home French win with no less than five of the nine riders who made it through to the jump-off flying the French flag. However when third to go against the clock, Lynch and the 13-year-old Cristello posted an incredible clear in 39.14 seconds which would prove unbeatable. Simon Delestre (FRA) and Hermes Ryan came closest when crossing the line in 39.32 to finish as runners-up while another French rider, Julien Epaillard, would finish third with Queeletta (39.70).
Speaking afterwards, Lynch explained how he felt in recent weeks that Cristello was more than capable of landing a big victory.
“He is quite a new horse to our team and I have had the feeling for the last two to three months now that he can win a really big one and he proved that today. I am very lucky to have him and I thought today he really gave his best, especially on the turn back to the brown oxer, I thought he did that really well and then the last two verticals he really fought with me and it’s a great feeling [to win].”