Offaly’s Darragh Kenny with Balou du Reventon finished best of the Irish on the opening day of the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League of London 2019 show, finishing third in the individual competition run in tandem with this evening’s first round of the Global Champions League.
Kenny, riding for Paris Panthers in the team competition, went clear over the Alan Wade-designed course in a time of 68.96 seconds. In the 48-combination class, it took until former World No. 1 Harry Smolders of the Netherlands, riding Cas, before the Irishman’s time was beaten. The Dutch combination set a very impressive target time of 66.57 seconds, a time which would remain unbeatable, despite the best effort of eventual runner-up, Belgium’s Constant van Paesschen and Vendetta Treize, who stopped the timers at 68.83 seconds.
In the same class, Shanghai Swans’ Shane Sweetnam with Alejandro, had four faults; German-based Tipperary rider Denis Lynch and GC Chopin’s Bushi also had one pole down, while Mark McAuley with Miebello, representing Madrid In Motion, had two fences down for eight faults.
Earlier in the day at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Bertram Allen fared best of the Irish competitors in the CS15* International two-phase competition, when finishing fifth with Lafayette van Overis having produced a clear round in a time of 26.86 seconds.
Denis Lynch and Gun Powder also went clear, stopping the clock at 30.14 seconds, a time good enough for eight place, in a class won by Dutchman Jur Vrieling, riding Dallas VDL.