Denis Lynch looks set to make his Global Champions League debut tomorrow as part of the Miami Glory team taking part in what is the fourth round of this year’s competition.

The Tipperary rider has been brought into the Miami team who are currently unable to call on the services of the injured Cian O’Connor.

It is expected that Lynch will team up with British rider Scott Brash in the first of two rounds of the Madrid leg on Friday.

Also in Madrid are three other Irish riders involved with GCL teams. Bertram Allen’s Valkenswaard United, who won last year’s competition, head the standings after three rounds of the current campaign. Darragh Kenny helped Paris Panthers win last month’s round in Shanghai which propelled the team up to fifth place, but Michael Kerins and his Moscow Bears team-mates have a lot of work to do to escape their bottom-rung position in the 18-team league.

Friday’s first round of the Madrid leg will also double as an individual Global Champions Tour contest for the CaixaBank Trophy, while the concluding round on Saturday doubles as the individual Massimo Dutti Trophy.

Saturday evening (6pm Irish time) will see the staging of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix.

Mike Dunne

Global Champions League standings ahead of round 4 Madrid

(Irish squad members shown in brackets)

1. Valkenswaard United 74 (Bertram Allen)
2, London Knights 68
3. St. Tropez Pirates 60
4. Hamburg Diamonds 56
5. Paris PanthersĀ  46 (Darragh Kenny)
6. Chantilly Pegasus 45
7. Cannes Stars 44
8. Rome Gladiators 42
9. Shanghai Swans 37
10. Vienna Eagles 35
11. Mexico Amigos 35
12. Miami Glory 33.5 (Denis Lynch/Cian O’Connor)
13. Doha Fursan Qatar 33
14. Madrid in Motion 33
15. Cascais Charms 26
16. Monaco Aces 24
17. Berlin Lions 21
18. Moscow Bears 13.5 (Michael Kearins)