Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Three Classes, Three Placings On Final Day At Arezzo

Cian started off Sunday in the Speed Derby in Arezzo jumping a clear round with PS I Love You to finish in 7th place.

"The mare has never jumped a bank or a dyke before, and so I didn't go mad - it was a great experience for her which she will come on from," Cian said.

A few hours later Cian stormed to victory in the 1m45 Accumulator aboard Dermot O'Rourke's 'Baloufina'. He said: "The mare's in great form, and the final fence in this class was a 1m60 plank and Baloufina just jumped it for fun."

Finally and perhaps most impressively, Complete jumped the 1m60 Grand Prix for four faults in the first round and as they took back the top 25 per cent into the jump-off he qualified. The pair were clear the second time out, finishing over four seconds faster than the winner. However carrying the four faults from the first round meant they had to settle for 5th.

"Complete feels in top shape. I think I know why I had the fence down in the first round and I think I can rectify that by riding the combination slightly differently the next time," Cian explained.
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