THREE Irish riders finished in the top ten of the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Portugal tonight (Saturday), but the laurels went to third-placed Greg Broderick, who made his podium debut in the series with a third place on the Irish Sport Horse MHS Going Global.
A tough first two rounds saw only four combinations make it through to the final jump-off at Estoril, with the Tipperary rider doing battle with British world number one Scott Brash, as well as Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Alsharbatly and Germany’s Christian Ahlmann.
Ahlmann had a single pole down in the jump-off, with Broderick maintaining a cool head aboard Caledonia Stables’s nine year-old Kilkenny-bred gelding to deliver a perfect clear round in his first appearance at a Global Champions Tour event, placing third on time behind Alsharbatly and winner Brash.
The Irish rider picked up a substantial 45,000 euro for his place, while Brash collected 100,000 and Alsharbatly 60,000.
Wexford’s Bertram Allen finished in seventh place tonight on Billy Twomey’s Romanov, after a single fence down in the first round, while Tipperary’s Denis Lynch finished in tenth with a second round mistake aboard Thomas Straumann’s All Star 5. Allen gained sufficient points at Estoril, however, to move him up to tenth place overall in the Global Champions Tour rankings.