Showjumping: O'Connor hits mark
Published 22/12/2012 | 05:00
Cian O'Connor recorded his second win at the London International Horse Show at Olympia when coming out on top in the Santa Stakes.
Riding the 13-year-old Splendor, O'Connor once again left the rest trailing in his wake with a blistering pace in the six-horse jump-off against the clock over the maximum-height 1.6m course.
Runner-up was French lady rider Penelope Leprevost whose mare, Nice Stephanie, was more than a second slower, while Portugal's Luciana Dinia and Fit for Fun slotted into third as O'Connor collected the £6,000 winner's prize.
Olympic team gold medallist, Nick Skelton, steered 12-year-old Irish-bred gelding Heracross into fifth behind fellow Briton Michael Whitaker riding Viking.