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Offalyís Darragh Kenny finishes fourth in Grand Prix at Aachen

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Darragh Kenny has pocketed Ä100,000 after finishing fourth in one of the worldís most prestigious competitions ñ the Ä1 Million Aachen Rolex Grand Prix in Germany. Riding the 13-year-old mare Babalou, who is owed by Jack Snyder, Kenny was was one of just five riders who managed to jump two clear rounds to take a place in the third round jump-off.
Offaly-born Kenny was looking to join an illustrious group of just three Irish riders who have in the past won the Aachen Grand Prix. Eddie Macken was Irelandís first winner in 1978 with Boomerang, followed by Trevor Coyle in 1999 with Cruising, while Denis Lynch was Irelandís most recent winner in 2009 with Lantinus.
Kenny and Babalou finished with 12 faults when first to go against the clock for a fourth place finish, after a demanding week where they also jumped two Nations Cup rounds on Thursday helping Ireland to a runner-up finish. Victory and a first prize of Ä330,000 went to Germanyís Marcus Ehning and Pret A Tout ahead of Portugalís Luciana Diniz in second with Fit For Fun. Brazilís Pedro Veniss finished third with Quabri de l¥Isle.
Ehningís win comes 12 years after his previous Aachen Grand Prix victory in 2006 with Nolteís K¸chengirl.

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