Global Champions League team Miami Glory will be well pleased with the contribution of new squad member Denis Lynch after the Irish rider contributed two clear rounds with RMF Echo in the latest leg in Madrid.

Lynch delivered the second of his two clears in this afternoon’s concluding round, but the team had to settle for a seventh-place finish as teammate Scott Brash picked up 12 faults with Hello Annie over the two rounds.

The Tipperary rider was making his GCL debut, having been brought into a Miami Squad which is currently without the services of both Cian O’Connor and Kimberly Prince due to injuries.

Cannes Stars, represented in both rounds by Marco Kutscher (Clenur) and Ludger Beerbaum (Chiara), won the Madrid leg after posting the only zero-faults team total.

Second place went to Hamburg Diamonds, who have finished runners-up in two successive legs of the series now and move into second place in the overall table as a result.

The league leaders are still Valkenswaard United despite an eighth-place finish today. Bertram Allen did not line out for Valkenswaard at this venue, the team being represented by Alberto Zorzi (Cornetto K 0/4) and Marcus Ehning (Pret A Tout 4/4).

Darragh Kenny didn’t jump for Paris Panthers, with Lillie Keenan and Jack Towell handling affairs and finishing in 15th position, losing some of the momentum built up with the victory in the last round in Shanghai.

Michael Kearins competed for Moscow Bears once again and it was another struggle for the bottom-of-the-table team, finishing 17th of the 18 teams in this leg.

Lynch and RMF Echo were out of luck in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix this evening, missing out on the jump-off after having four faults at the last in the opening round. The event was won by US rider Kent Farrington on Gazelle.

Mike Dunne

Global Champions League standings after round 4 Madrid
(Irish squad members in brackets)
1. Valkenswaard United 88 (Bertram Allen)
2. Hamburg Diamonds 81
3. St. Tropez Pirates 79
4. London Knights 77
5. Cannes Stars 74
6. Rome Gladiators 54
7. Paris Panthers 53 (Darragh Kenny)
8. Chantilly Pegasus  53
9. Mexico Amigos 51
10. Doha Fursan Qatar 50
11. Miami Glory 48.5 (Cian O’Connor/Denis Lynch)
12. Cascais Charms 47
13. Madrid In Motion 44
14 Vienna Eagles 41
15. Shanghai Swans 41
16. Monaco Aces 37
17. Berlin Lions 31
18. Moscow Bears 18.5 (Michael Kearins)