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Denis Lynch and Coulisa victorious in Germany

Updated: Sunday, 25 May 2014 16:21 | Comments

Denis Lynch and Coulisa have taken first place at Norten-Hardenberg
Denis Lynch and Coulisa have taken first place at Norten-Hardenberg

Tipperary-born Denis Lynch picked up €12,500 euro today for a convincing win in the three-star Grand Prix at Norten-Hardenberg in Germany with Gestüt Lewitz's ten-year-old chestnut mare Coulisa.

Thirty-eight-year-old Lynch was just one of four to qualify for the jump-off from a starting field of 52, and saw off a challenge from Dutch ace Marc Houtzager, and the experienced 18-year-old Sterrehof's Opium, who finished just under a second off the pace of the Irish rider.

The in-form Coulisa also won the Italian Grand Prix for Lynch at San Giovanni in Marignano two weeks ago.

In Austria, meanwhile, Antrim's Jessica Kurten finished second today in the Gold Tour Final at Ebreichsdorf with Paul Bücheler's ten-year-old stallion Croesus, narrowly outpaced by local rider Stefan Eder and his own mare Concordija in the big 17 horse jump-off.

At the five-star Grand Prix in the famous Piazza di Siena in Rome, Ireland's only competitor, Mark McAuley, with the stallion Isco de Amoranda, failed to qualify for the jump-off after having one rail down and a time fault in the first round.

The €66,000 first prize went instead to Canada's Eric Lamaze with the Dutch-bred gelding Zigali PS.

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