Sunday 4 December 2016

Good luck shines on O'Connor in Florida

Published 29/02/2016 | 02:30

Cian O'Connor on his horse Good Luck. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Cian O'Connor on his horse Good Luck. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Cian O'Connor and Good Luck claimed fourth place and a hefty slice of the $380,000 prizemoney in the 5-Star Grand Prix at Wellington, Florida, on Saturday night.

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The pair were 30th to go when producing the first classy clear of the competition in which just four qualified for the jump-off and, with a single second-round mistake, lined up behind America's McLain Ward on HH Azur. Last night, O'Connor steered another of his string, Callisto, into seventh in the 3-Star World Cup Qualifier in Ocala, Florida.

At Vestfold in Norway on Saturday, Shane Carey was just pipped for the honours with a mistake in a lightning-fast jump-off round with Contenance to fill fourth place. Meanwhile, at Vejer de la Frontera, Spain yesterday Bertram Allen netted a speed class win with Wild Thing.

Dead-heats against the clock are rare in show jumping, but on Friday, hundredths of a second could not split Denis Lynch (Ho Go Van De Padenborre) and Spain's Pilar Lucrecia Cordon (Galine La Cour Zichelhof) in the Small Grand Prix in Gent, Belgium.

In eventing, Padraig McCarthy and Mr Chunky had a great cross-country round at Barroca d'Alva, Portugal, on Saturday, to lead the CIC2* event overnight. But 11 show jumping time faults saw them drop to fourth in yesterday's final phase.

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