On a weekend of Irish showjumping success around the globe, Denis Lynch won Sunday’s $400,000 Longines Masters of Hong Kong five star Grand Prix.
The Tipperary rider partnered his stable newcomer Chablis to the fastest clear round in a 12-horse jump-off.
A time of 39.35 seconds saw the Irish combination take the winner’s prize of $132,000, with Lynch now in the hunt for a €1 Million bonus if he can repeat his victory in the next Longines Masters rounds in New York and Paris.
“I never see myself as a favourite,” said Lynch after the win. “But I didn’t feel the pressure. Pressure is for tyres. This is a new horse for our stable so I am over the moon. I’m just very, very proud of this horse.”
Simon Delestre of France and Uccello de Will finished in the runners-up position in 47.07 seconds – the only other pair to have two clear rounds, while Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer and About A Dream (38.56 seconds) were third.
“The course designer today did an amazing job” said Lynch. “It was exciting for us and for the fans and they really get behind you here in Hong Kong. What EEM are doing here is growing every year. The crowd just go with you [over the jumps] and that’s very nice.”
Paul O’Shea, Capt. Brian Cournane and Bertram Allen had already achieved showjumping wins this weekend prior to Lynch’s success.