Ireland’s Darragh Kenny took the runner-up position in this evening’s Longines Grand Prix at the five-star World Cup meeting in Lyon, France, writes Mike Dunne.

Riding Go Easy de Muse, Kenny was one of three Irish riders to make the jump-off, with Billy Twomey and Shane Breen also progressing.

Fourteen of the forty-eight starters survived the first round with Ireland being the only country to have three riders going forward.

Fourth to go in the jump-off, Kenny went clear in 37.29 to take over the lead from Germany’s Christian Ahlmann (Codex One), only to be outdone by next-in Tobias Meyer, also of Germany, who got Cathleen clear in 36.57.

Although there were still nine riders left to jump, the top three placings would remain unchanged.

Billy Twomey and Diaghilev had 16 faults, before Shane Breen put in a speedy effort with Golden Hawk, but four faults saw them end up in eighth position.