DERMOTT LENNON earned £4,000 for a third place finish in the Grand Prix at Eindhoven on Saturday, while Cian O'Connor followed up with an eighth placing in yesterday's Derby on Irish Independent Casper.DERMOTT LENNON earned £4,000 for a third place finish in the Grand Prix at Eindhoven on Saturday, while Cian O'Connor followed up with an eighth placing in yesterday's Derby on Irish Independent Casper.
With the Nations Cup season beginning next weekend, Lennon has brought Terence and Mary Harvey's Touchdown mare, Liscalgot, back to top form in recent weeks and produced one of seven first-round clears.
He recorded the fastest time in the jump-off when home in 40.10 seconds but left one on the floor and it was Marion Hughes' former ride, the Cavalier gelding Charlton, which claimed £10,000 winner's purse for America's Claire Bronfman.
O'Connor took fifth place in Friday's Grand Prix qualifying round riding Waterford Crystal but a single mistake in the opening round on Saturday left them out of contention. Having placed second and fourth in the two qualifiers however, he was well-drawn in yesterday's Derby and he steered the nine-year-old Irish Independent Casper to an eight-fault performance.
Leopold Van Asten came out on top in a two-way tussle with Belgium's Christian Cleeren but O'Connor was well-pleased with the improving Casper.
In Germany, things did not quite go to plan for Peter Charles who, having qualified comfortably, opted to retire Traxdata Corrada in the Hamburg Derby event yesterday. Jessica Kurten rode Egano into 12th spot.
Lt David O'Brien kept up a relentless pace at the CSI-C in Le Mans with a win in Thursday's Speed event riding Galteebeg and another victory on Saturday riding the Cruising mare, Cruise Hill. David Quigley was also right on form with a double of wins in the novice classes at the same fixture while Robert Splaine produced good results from his string at Busto Aristo in Italy.
The team for next weekends Nations Cup outing in Switzerland is Charles, Lennon, Kurten and Kevin Babington.