Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Balou du Reventon on their way to victory in the Chantilly Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix (Photo: Stefano Grasso/LGCT)
Offaly’s Darragh Kenny and the Ann Thompson-owned stallion Balou du Reventon confirmed their position as one of the top combinations in world Show Jumping on Saturday, with a stunning performance which saw them win the €300,000 Longines Global Champions Tour five-star Grand Prix at Chantilly in France.
The result comes less than a fortnight after the pair beat another world class line-up to win the €500,000 five-star Rolex Grand Prix at Knokke in Belgium. Daragh is ranked in the Top 20 in the World Rankings.
Kenny was the first rider to jump clear in the opening round in Chantilly meaning he would have to go first in the six-horse jump-off which followed. The Irish rider was at his brilliant best against the clock and a daring gallop to the last saw him cross the line clear in 37.54 seconds to put massive pressure on those who followed.
The home fans had two French riders to cheer home in the jump-off, however the first of those, Kevin Staut with Urhelia Lutterbach, finished with one fence down to finish fourth. Hopes of a French win then rested with Pénélope Leprevost who was last to go with Vancouver de Lanlore.
She produced a brilliant effort however her time of 38.08 still left her half a second short of Kenny’s winning time to leave Leprevost as runner-up, while Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts and H&M Chilli Willi took third spot on the podium.