Wednesday 17 January 2018

Equestrian: Curran fifth after super comeback

Army rider Capt Geoff Curran finished fifth with The Jump Jet in the International CIC Three-Star Event at Waregem in Belgium, WRITES LOUISE PARKES.

The Waterford rider made a superb start when lying fourth with the 14-year-old gelding and seventh with his younger ride, the nine-year-old Bolabaun, at the end of the dressage phase.

In characteristic fashion, The Jump Jet didn't shine in the showjumping ring however, adding 16 faults to his tally.

But Curran rose to third with a clear round from Bolabaun and looked set to strongly challenge the leader, New Zealand's Mark Todd and the Irish-bred Quantum Leap yesterday.

Todd lost his grip when adding 36.8 penalties to his scoreline in the concluding cross-country phase. And Curran seemed to have lost his chance when Bolabaun was eliminated.

But The Jump Jet, shines over the solid fences, and with just two penalties, the Irish partnership rocketed up 10 places to finish fifth with a score of 66.50 behind the winning partnership of Kal-Steffen Meier and TSF Karascada M.

At Lanaken, Codarco was best of the Irish contingent in the FEI World Jumping Championship for Young Horses, finishing fifth.

Irish Independent

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