Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Csio Dublin - Better Than Ever

  • Rancorrado in action

As I said to you in my build-up to this show, Dublin is one of my favourites. It surpassed all expectations with a wonderful week and everyone in good form , especially with the great weather.

My results overall were good but there's no denying we would have liked to have gone better than 8th place in the Nations' Cup. It was certainly not the performance we were expecting. On paper it looked like we had a very good chance, but in practice it just didn't work out on the day. There's always great expectations when jumping in the Aga Khan trophy.

I think we all got a wake up call last week. Certain areas need to be improved before the upcoming European Championships and if we do happen to go on and win a medal there then at least we will have learned from our below-par performance at Dublin.

I was, however, very happy with Rancorrado's second round and he will now be rested until the European Championships in Windsor in a fortnight's time.

Baloufina jumped superbly, coming 2nd in the opening speed stakes and 2nd again in the Speed Derby. Splendor also had a good result in the opening class, finishing third.

My stable rider Mark Kinsella had a fantastic week, winning the 6 yr-old Qualifier on Arabella and topping off the evening by winning the National Grand Prix Qualifier on Irish Independent Echo Beach.

Course builder Alan Wade did a top class job all week and hats off to the RDS for the ground conditions, which were once again this year the best we have seen in the main arena.

The day after Dublin is always a bit sombre. I think we build up so much hype before the show and it's always a bit dead afterwards. I drive out of the RDS on a Sunday night with that song by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman playing in my head - Time to Say Goodbye. You want it to last forever, but it's only a few days long and by the time you get home you're looking forward to next year already.

Today is a time to get the place tidied up and hack out the horses. We'll be heading to the National Championships at Coilog from Thursday to Sunday where Mark Kinsella and I will be competing in the Grand Prix classes only.

Check back next Monday for more news.

Best wishes,

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