Ireland’s Denis Lynch won the €60,000-to-the-winner Mercedes-Benz Championat von Hamburg in Germany on Thursday with Lantinus 3.

Fourteen of the 52 starters progressed to the jump-off but, second last to go, Denis’s impressive double clear was a full 1sec faster than his nearest rival, Portugal’s Luciana Diniz (Winningmood). Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Checkmate 4 finished third, with Michael Whitaker and Amai the best-placed Brits in seventh.

Denis also won this class last year and took home a flashy red car provided by the sponsors.

“The horse is in very good form,” said Denis. “I will save him for the Global Champions Tour grand prix in Cannes next weekend.”

See Thursday’s H&H (9 June) for full report.