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Allen and Kenny fare well in Madrid
02 May 2015 20:08
Wexford’s Bertram Allen took fifth and Offaly’s Darragh Kenny claimed sixth place in one of the most nail-biting Grand Prix finishes of the 2015 Global Champions Tour in Madrid tonight. With only four clear first rounds on the board from a start list of 50, Allen on the 17-year-old Romanov, and Kenny with Sans Souci Z, had four faults apiece. However, fast times guaranteed them slots in the top 18 going through to the second round at the five-star Spanish show. The next round, with its shorter course, proved almost as challenging as the first and an unusual number of top combinations failed to go clear and dropped down the rankings as the evening’s action at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid progressed. However, 17-year-old Allen and 27-year-old Kenny produced textbook clear rounds on their second attempts and soared up the leaderboard to finish fifth and sixth respectively. The final battle for the top place ended as a duel between France’s Philippe Rozier aboard Rahotep de Toscane and Portugal’s Luciana Diniz on the experienced Winningmood, both on a zero score from the first round.
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However, despite going clear for a second time, the French rider incurred one time fault and Diniz countered with a zero score inside the time, removing the need for a jump-off. The Portuguese rider collected €105,000 for her victory, while Ireland’s Allen won €19,000 and Kenny €9,600.
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