Easy does it for Bertram Allen for Lyon World Cup Show win
Bertram Allen, Ireland's showjumping superstar, was up with the lark yesterday morning to win the opening class at the Lyon World Cup Show in France.
Well recovered from a collar bone injury, Wexford rider Allen, probably the world's best at the moment and only 19, partnered Quainton Stud's Quiet Easy to collect 7,500 euros, having clocked the fastest round of 54.76 seconds to win the Prix Rio Moquette 1m 50 International.
From 34 starters, Allen beat Rolf Goran Bengtsson on Clarimo Ask by a fraction of a second, while the world's number one, Scott Brash, finished third on the renowned Hello Forever.
Allen later finished 11th in the Lyon World Cup qualifier, despite registering four faults in the first round. Competing with Molly Malone, he received a 5,000 euro cheque and six qualifying points towards next year's World Cup qualifier in Gothenberg in March.
The Lyon qualifier was won by Penelope Leprevost on Flora de Mariposa for France ahead of Germany's Christian Ahlmann on Taloubet and Swiss rider Romain Duguet with Quorida de Treho.