CSI 5*

Denis Lynch & Rubens LS La Silla Win €230,000 Longines Grand Prix CSI 5* at Casas Novas

2019. Casas Novas CSI 5W Longines GP Cel Denis Lynch & Rubens LS La Silla Oxersport

La Coruña, Spain – December 14, 2019 – It was a strong victory for Denis Lynch (IRL) and Rubens LS La Silla  in the €230,000 Longines Grand Prix CSI 5* yesterday during the CSI Casas Novas 5*-W/2* – A Coruña in La Coruña.

A well experienced, cornered his three rivals in the jump off of the Longines Trophy. The Casas Novas arena presented a perfect course only for those who could make their round with concentration, a strong rapport with the horse, speed and dexterity. So much so that only 4 pairs qualified for the final round, in which the winner would be decided: the Guy Williams (GBR) and Robert Whitaker (GBR), the Dutchman Marc Houtzager (NED) and Denis Lynch (IRL) himself, the latter pocketing 75,900 euros for the win.

The first to enter the arena was Guy Williams (GBR), who did not have a lucky performance with Rouge de Ravel

2019. Casas Novas CSI 5W Longines GP Denis Lynch & Rubens LS La Silla Oxersport 2

Denis Lynch (IRL) & Rubens LS La Silla

Lynch wanted to succeed, which he did aboard the 13-year-old chestnut chestnut La Silla stallion (Rebozo LS la Silla x Cash), challenging the next two with a devilish 40.33-second jump-off time without penalties, the only double clear of the 1.60m contest.

Then, came the experienced Robert Whitaker (GBR) with Catwalk IV, and Marc Houtzager (NED) with Sterrehof’s Dante. Whitaker unfortunately knocked one fence down, and did not complete the course in a better time, (made 40.84 seconds), however, the Dutchman flew even faster than the Irish (39.79), but also knocked down an oxer in the attempt.

Despite this, they reached a negligible second and third place (46,000 and 34,500 euros, respectively). In the case of Whitaker, it is the second time he proudly has reached the podium in the Galician event, since yesterday he also succeeded in the NH Collection Trophy.

2019. Casas Novas CSI 5W Longines GP Denis Lynch & Rubens LS La Silla Oxersport

Denis Lynch (IRL) & Rubens LS La Silla

A brand new winner who stated, “the excellent surface of the track” in Coruña, mentioning the good work of those responsible for the layout and also the expertise of Rubens LS La Silla. The 13-year-old horse, which was previously ridden by the Irish Conor Swail, “was very successful in America,” said Lynch, who he only started riding in August. “I was lucky because my horse is not the fastest, but it has a lot of experience. He was calm, he turned very well in the laps and I am very happy ”.

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Source: News release (edited) from Oxersport

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