Olympic pair take bronze in Longines Grand Prix
Updated: Sunday, 19 Aug 2012 20:08
Bronze medallist Cian O'Connor brought his Olympic horse Blue Loyd out for this evening's Longines Grand Prix climax to the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show, and the pair took third place.
Irish riders also claimed four other places in the top ten, but ultimate victory went to Germany's Carsten-Otto Nagel and the grey mare Corradina, who recorded one of the competition's two double clear rounds.
The second double clear went to French ace Kevin Staut and gelding Reveur De Hurtebise.
The two-round competition qualified just 10 combinations for a second appearance in the RDS main arena and O'Connor, who dropped a pole on his first attempt, came good with a zero score on his final attempt, to finish on a score of four faults overall.
Sixth place went to Derry's Trevor Coyle and Jubilee d'Ouilly, who also had an aggregate score of four faults, as did eighth-placed Andrew Bourns and Roundthorn Madios, and ninth-placed Capt. David O'Brien on Annestown.
Shane Carey rounded off the Irish presence in the upper ranks with a 10th place on Ballymore Eustace.
Earlier in the day, Tipperary's Shane Breen claimed victory in the Speed Championship on board the consistently placed Ominerale Courcelle, with Conor Swail once again taking a top-five spot with the mare Martha Louise, finishing third.
Billy Twomey and Romanov picked up a seventh place in the championship, with 17 year-old Michael Duffy once more showing promise on the Irish Sport Horse Killard Horizon with a 10th place finish.