Lynch wins in Kronenberg
DENIS Lynch won the opening 1.40m class at the two-star show in Kronenberg, The Netherlands, last Thursday. He guided the talented nine-year-old stallion Cornets Iberio to a double clear in 29.11 seconds. He also finished fourth with Visa Z. Cornets Iberio was then runner-up in the following days 1.40m before going on to finish fifth in Saturday’s 1.45m two-star Grand Prix with one of 10 double-clear rounds in 36.68 seconds. Victory went to Denmark’s Zascha Nygaard Andreasen in 35.90 with Carasina HD.
One-star win for Bertram Allen
THERE was an Irish one-two-three in last Saturday’s one-star seven-year-old class at Kronenberg in The Netherlands. Bertram Allen lead the way with a double clear in 28.62 seconds to win with Empoli de Champloue, ahead of his brother Harry Allen in second aboard Kurkuma Della Caccia in 29.19. Third place was filled by Shane Dwan with Havalla, clear in 29.58 seconds.
Catwalk IV retired
ROBERT Whitaker’s top Grand Prix horse Catwalk IV has been retired aged 18 after an excellent 10-year partnership with the British rider. Whitaker bought the Colman gelding from Steve Guerdat in 2011. The pair recorded 23 wins and countless top-10 finishes, including Puissances, six-bars five-star Grands Prix, and World Cup qualifiers. He won the Nations Cup in Rome and St Gallen and Robert cites his highlight as winning the World Cup in Helsinki in 2019, where they also won the Grand Prix the following day.
“Catwalk is part of the family, he owes us nothing. He has taught me so much over the last 10 years; we shared some eventful times but also a lot of success. It was very important to us he finished his career at the top of his game and sound so he can enjoy his retirement,” Whitaker said.