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Denis Lynch comes very close in Gucci GP in Paris

Updated: Sunday, 02 Dec 2012 18:12 | Comments

Denis Lynch and Abbervail van het came a very close second
Denis Lynch and Abbervail van het came a very close second

Denis Lynch came within an eighth of a second of claiming a bumper €99,000 victory at the Gucci Grand Prix at Paris on Sunday, but his runner-up spot still yielded €60,000 in prize money.

The Tipperary rider was one of 12 through to the jump off from a starting field of 43 at the five-star French indoor show.

And though he and Thomas Straumann's bay gelding Abbervail van het Dingeshof finished on one of just four double clear scores, their time was fractions off the pace of Dutch winner Marc Houtzager and the gelding Sterrehof's Tamino.

Lynch used the same horse on Saturday, when he picked up €3,500 for a third place in the feature jump-off class, with France's Simon Delestre taking the winner's €7,600 on the nine-year-old mare Whisper.

Also at Paris, Wexford's 17-year-old Bertram Allen kept up his recent sparkling form with a win in the two-star Masters Grand Slam aboard the grey mare Molly Malone V.

At the three-star event in Stockholm, Sweden, Cian O'Connor finished in sixth in the Grand Prix with Ulano, with first place going to local rider Malin Baryard-Johnsson and H&M Tornesch.

O'Connor also had four top ten places at Stockholm with Ulano and the Irish Sport Horse ISHD Dual Star, while Jessica Kurten was three times in the prize money with API Largo and Oklahoma de Riverland.

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