Offaly's Darragh Kenny has showed why he is among the best riders in the world, by taking victory in today’s  five-star 1m 55 speed class at Valkenswaard in The Netherlands. 

World number seven Kenny partnered the Little Valley Farms-owned gelding Belo Horizonte to the winning clear in 67.79 seconds, finishing well clear of French runner-up Kevin Staut with Tolede de Mescam Harcour (69.32).

German ace Marcus Ehning took third place with  Misanto Pret A Tout (70.40), while Tipperary’s Denis Lynch was also among the prizes, taking seventh place with Cristello (74.35).

Valkenswaard will host the Longines Global Champions tour Grand Prix on Saturday, with Kenny, Denis Lynch and Shane Breen among the starters.