A superb performance from Tipperary's Denis Lynch and the Onyx Consulting-owned stallion Cristello, has seen them take victory in today's five-star Grand Prix at Grimaud in France. 

All the odds seemed to point towards a home French win with no less than five of the nine riders who made it through to the jump-off flying the French flag.

However, when third to go against the clock, Lynch and the 13-year-old Cristello posted an incredible clear in 39.14 seconds, which proved unbeatable.

Simon Delestre (FRA) and Hermes Ryan came closest when crossing the line in 39.32 to finish as runners-up while another French rider, Julien Epaillard, finished third with Queeletta (39.70).

Speaking afterwards, Lynch explained how he felt in recent weeks that Cristello was more than capable of landing a big victory: "He is quite a new horse to our team and I have had the feeling for the last two to three months now that he can win a really big one and he proved that today.

"I am very lucky to have him and I thought today he really gave his best, especially on the turn back to the brown oxer, I thought he did that really well, and then the last two verticals he really fought with me and it's a great feeling."