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Allen faces date with destiny in LV
19 Apr 2015 14:02
Bertram Allen will bid to become the first Irish rider to win the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in its 36-year history when he lines up with his 11-year-old grey mare Molly Malone at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas at 8pm Irish time this evening.
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The Wexford rider, who won the opening speed class on Thursday, had one fence down in the second leg on Friday.
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Swiss Olympic champion Steve Guerdat and Albufuehren’s Paille and the USA’s Rich Fellers and Flexible lead the way on zero scores.
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Allen will be third last to jump of the top 30 riders over what will be a huge course of jumps squeezed into the compact Nevada arena.
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After the first round, the top 20 riders will then come back to compete for the trophy.
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Ireland’s Jessica Kurten secured second at the World Cup in Kuala Lumpur in 2006 on Castle Forbes Libertina, while Trevor Coyle and Cruising also filled the runner-up berth in Gothenburg in 1999.
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Irish show jumping legend Eddie Macken took third at the inaugural World Cup Final on Carrolls Of Dundalk in 1979, also in Gothenburg.
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