Robert Bevis jumps a fantastic double clear, but Team GBR finish in fifth
Britain finished equal fifth with The Netherlands in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Dublin.
Robert Bevis posted an amazing double clear with Courtney Z, a Chellano Z 15-year-old to keep Britain in with a fighting chance. Pathfinder Ben Maher – who was first to go as Britain were drawn first – jumped for eight in round one on the 10-year-old Sarena but improved with a clear in the second half.
Laura Renwick came home on four in each round with Heliodor Hybris, a Diamant De Semilly nine-year-old inexperienced at this level, and achor Robert Smith improved with his uncharacteristic 19 faults on Bavi in round one with a more respectable four faults in round two. It put Britain on a total of 16, equal with The Netherlands who returned eight in both rounds.
Ireland was in contention to take the Aga Khan trophy for the second consecutive year – and it went to the wire. After an amazing zero score – their sole Rio contender Greg Broderick jumping double clear on MHS Going Global alongside Cian O’Connor on Good Luck, Denis Lynch and All Star 5 jumping for clear and one tme fault and Bertram Allen with Hector Van D’Abdijhoeve returning 8 and clear – they had to jump-off with Italy, also on zero.
Denis and All Star 5 were selected to jump-off, and drawn first, went out to set a target. But confusion on the long gallop to the last saw the Irish hopes crashing around them as All Star dropped the bridle and ducked out of the last, incurring four jumping faults and two time.
It left the door open for the Italian Piergiorgio Bucci, and he guided Casallo Z into another perfect clear to record a win for Italy.
“It was an amazing atmosphere and we all did our best – we were nearly brilliant,” said Cian.
The United States and Sweden finished equal third on 12 faults.
As predicted, Bertram Allen topped the seven and eight-year-old with the impressive Berlin eight-year-old Dino W.
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