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Allen takes second to make WC final
25 Jan 2015 16:04
Bertram Allen took second place at the prestigious Longines World Cup Grand Prix in Zurich today and gained enough points to qualify for the 2014/2015 World Cup Final in the USA in April.
The 19-year-old Wexford rider was one of just seven to make the jump-off at the Swiss show from a strong international field of 40 combinations, his clear round on Ballywalter Farms's mare Molly Malone V a textbook display of horsemanship. Allen took the lead in the jump-off with four more riders left to jump, and only one - Spain's Sergio Alvarez Moya - managed to overtake the Irish teenager, shaving a tenth of a second off his time with 14-year-old gelding Carlo.
Ireland's Show Jumping manager Robert Splaine said afterwards: "Today was a remarkable achievement for young Bertram Allen.
“He not only came second against the very best in the world, but also achieved enough points to ensure his qualification for the World Cup Final at Las Vegas.
“He is an outstanding talent, and an outstanding ambassador for both his country and for the sport." Allen got his World Cup campaign rolling late last year in Verona, Italy, with a win in his first ever attempt at this level, again with the grey mare Molly Malone V. As well as the valuable points gained in Switzerland this afternoon, Allen was also rewarded with prize money of €37,000 for his runner-up place. Winner Alvarez Moya collected €90,000.

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