Home » Disciplines News » Showjumping News » Allen claims second Irish victory at Olympia 18 December 2014, 23:12 Simpson takes Olympia Puissance title for Ireland 19 December 2014, 22:56 Tags: 2014, bertram allen, olympia, wild thing L Allen claims second Irish victory at Olympia WEXFORD’S Bertram Allen racked up Ireland’s second victory within 24 hours with a win at the five-star show in Olympia, London this evening (Friday).The 19 year-old scored success in the Christmas Speed Stakes with Wild Thing L, coming home with all fences standing and almost two seconds in hand over his nearest challenger, Belgium’s Constant Van Paesschen and Ralphy Utopia de Ransbeck.Claiming 6,000 euro for his win, Allen made up for Thursday night’s disappointment when he piloted the same horse to a runner-up place, just a fifth of a second off the pace of Dutch winner Maikel van der Vleuten.Wild Thing L is an 11 year-old mare jointly owned by the Allen family’s Ballywalter Farms and fellow Irish show jumper Billy Twomey.Last night Ulster rider David Simpson took Ireland’s first win at Olympia, triumphing in the Puissance competition with the grey mare Richi Rich.Bertram Allen Related news stories
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that there “is no chance” that he will sell influential midfielder Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona.Rumours have been rife throughout the summer that Fabregas may be tempted by a move back to Spain and the club where he started his career.Italian giants Milan have also been strongly linked with a move for the Arsenal captain, who scored three Premier League goals last season.The Gunners will be vying to win their first trophy in four years over the next nine months, and Wenger is adamant that he will not be allowing any more key players to leave.“Do you really think we sell our players one day before the championship starts, players who are basic players of the team? There is no chance,” the French coach told the Press Association.“You cannot stop people from having a lot of creative imagination during their sleepless nights, but that does not mean we will do it.” Wenger himself has resisted the advances of the likes of Real Madrid in the past, and the Gunners boss has stated that he is a firm believer in the need to honour a contract.“I believe that in life you are committed to clubs with contracts, and in no contract is the colour of your blood described,” he added, referring to Fabregas and the speculation linking him with a move to Spain.“I am more committed than ever to my club, not only this season, but since I have arrived here.“We are at the beginning of a new season now, and it is important that everybody focuses – me, Fabregas, everybody else – just on being successful for the club we love, and the best way we can do that is to do well.”Arsenal begin their Premier League campaign at Goodison Park against Everton on Saturday. Source: Goal.com
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