Irish riders dominated the five-star Kings Cup Volvo Trophy at Madrid’s Global Champions Tour show in Spain on Sunday, with Tipperary’s Denis Lynch scoring a superb win while Mayo’s Cameron Hanley finished third.
With 12 combinations going through to the jump-off, the second round was hugely competitive. However a blistering clear in 37.37 seconds from Lynch and the 14-year-old stallion RMF Echo, saw them take the top prize of €33,000.
Meanwhile, Hanley continued his impressive form with with the 10-year-old mare Eis Isaura to finish third with a double clear in 38.80, coming in behind Belgium’s Pieter Devos, who slotted into runner-up spot with Apart (38.19).
A delighted Lynch said:
"He’s a naturally very quick horse. He gives his best, and I’m very lucky to have him, so thanks to Rushy Marsh [Farm]. We had a good shot to the last – we had a lucky rub, but you need luck to win like that!"Lynch’s victory was Ireland’s second win in Madrid this week after Offaly’s Darragh Kenny came out on top in Friday’s Caixabank Trophy with Cassini Z, while Cameron Hanley and Eis Isaura again finished in third place.