Bertram Allen still in the hunt for World Cup win
Wexford's Bertram Allen and his 11-year-old mare Molly Malone are in third place ahead of the final round of the Longines World Cup Final in Las Vegas.
Only one rider had managed to record a clear round by the halfway stage of this morning's first round, and at the end only six managed to qualify for the jump-off, which was eventually won by Switzerland's Steve Guerdat and Albfuehren's Paille.
Allen fell foul of a daunting triple combination that came up fast after a turn at the bottom of the arena, and he had the third part down for four faults, thereby missing the jump-off.
However, his overall speed gave the 19-year-old seventh place in the competition. 'She jumped incredible tonight,' Allen said of his mare after his round. She really put in a big effort and it was an annoying fault, but that's the way it goes.'
The last round of the World Cup Final takes place in the Nevada venue on Sunday night.
Bertram Allen now lies in 3rd place, just 1 penalty behind with two more rounds of Jumping to come on Sunday at 8pm Irish time. #gobertram— Team IRL Equestrian (@TeamIRLEq) April 18, 2015
The legendarily complicated World Cup final scoring system converts the riders' points from the initial speed leg and the jump-off class into faults, which are carried forward into Sunday. Steve and Rich start on zero faults, with Bertram on one.
French rider Penelope Leprovost is fourth on five faults, with the USA's Beezie Madden, Belgium's Jos Verlooy and Switzerland's Martin Fuchs tied for fifth on six.
On Sunday, the top 30 riders jump in the first round, then the top 20 after that take on the second course. A jump-off can follow if there is equality after these two performances.