Cian’s Irish-bred horses continued their run of good form when placed in the two major classes at Sharjah this week. On Thursday night Cian steered Arabella to 5th place in the Grand Prix qualifier and then in Saturday’s Grand Prix jumped Larkhill Cruiser. The pair were drawn first to go and had an unlucky rail down in the middle of the combination. The format in the Arab League World Cups is that 25% go through to the second round.
Cian and Larkhill Cruiser produced a foot perfect jump off round to finish third. Syria’s Ahmed Hamcho won with the only double clear aboard his WEG mount Wonderboy and Khaled Al Eid of Saudi Arabia was second with the famous stallion Presley Boy, who also competed at Kentucky, and was just fractions quicker than Cian.