Despite not making the jump-off for yesterday’s Longines FEI World Cup round at Verona, Ireland’s Shane Breen retains his place in the top ten in the Western European division of the standings.

Breen and Golden Hawk appeared to be coasting in yesterday’s first round but tipped a pole at the middle part of the treble, meaning they did not join the thirteen combinations who went clear. However, as second-fastest of the four-faulters, Breen collected two World Cup points, just enough to keep him in ninth place after what was the fourth round in the series.

Darragh Kenny, who was not involved yesterday, holds 20th place, while Denis Lynch, also absent from yesterday’s contest, is 22nd.

In the North American Eastern sub-division, in which American Kent Farrington heads the standings, Shane Sweetnam is the best-placed Irish rider is 13th, after finishing fourth with Chaqui Z in Thursday’s Toronto round. Richie Moloney occupies 17th, while Conor Swail shares 30th with Chilean Samuel Parot.

The North American Western sub-division sees James Chawke in 24th place. USA’s Karl Cook tops the list in this division.

Mike Dunne