Former World Champion and Connolly’s RED MILLS Ambassador Dermott Lennon, scored a superb win in the Alltech Grand Prix at the three-star Royal Windsor horse show in England aboard Judith Sossick’s Irish Sport Horse Loughview Lou Lou on Sunday.
A tightly-fought competition saw only four go through to the jump-off from a starting field of 28, but Down-born Lennon, was just under two seconds faster than his nearest challenger, Robert Whitaker and Catwalk IV when the clock stopped.
The Banbridge-born rider picked up 13,000 euro along with the The Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy, while Whitaker settled for the runner-up prize of 10,400 euro.
Meanwhile another Connolly’s RED MILLS Ambassador, Bertram Allen, was just pipped for first place by Swiss rider Steve Guerdat in Sunday afternoon’s lucrative Grand Prix at La Baule, France.
Riding Billy Twomey’s Romanov, the Wexford rider’s blistering jump-off clear in 44.91 seconds looked good enough for victory, being a minute sharper than his nearest challenger after nine of the ten qualifiers had jumped. However, World number three rider Guerdat on Nino Des Buissonnets snatched it at the death with a faultless round in 44.04.
Allen, whose clear round on Molly Malone on Friday helped Ireland to third place in the Nations’ Cup at the French venue, had already won three competitions over the weekend – one with Romanov and two classes with Wild Thing L.
The Grand Prix runner-up spot added another 40,000 euro to the 19 year old’s haul from the meeting. Guerdat took the winner’s prize pot of 66,000 euro.