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Seventh heaven for showjumper McAuley in Switzerland

Mark McAuley and Vivaldi du Theil
Mark McAuley and Vivaldi du Theil. Photo Credit: Horse Sport Ireland.

Ardee man Mark McAuley impressed at the Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix in Basel, Switzerland on Sunday, earning the showjumper a seventh place finish.

McAuley and Vivaldi du Theil were one of 15 combinations from 40 starters who made it through to the jump-off, alongside his compatriot Denis Lynch and GC Chopin’s Bushi. There the partnership finished with a time of 33:52 to share seventh place overall in Sunday’s event, level with France’s Kevin Staut and Viking d’La Rousserie.

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Lynch finished fifth on Sunday adding to his victory in Saturday evening’s “Golden Drum of Basel” when riding Cristello, and he had also taken a runner-up finish with GC Chopin’s Bushi in Friday’s Longines Grand Prix of Basel.

On Saturday, McAuley – who hails from Millockstown, also made it into the jump-off with Miebello, but two fences down against the clock meant they finished just outside the top 10. McAuley currently hits 56th in the FEI Longines world rankings, with seven Horse Sport Ireland teammates ahead of him in the top 50.

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