It was super to be in London to witness another Irishman - Dermott Lennon - winning the Grand Prix.
I won it in 2009 with Rancorrado and before that Eddie Macken won it in 1987.
Obviously being a competitive person I always want to win but when I wasn’t in the jump off I was fully supporting Dermott’s efforts. He was world champion in 2002 and this week when I watched him in action its obvious what a horseman he is.
Overall I was pleased with my week in OLympia. Uniek was placed in both speed classes, O’Connell Street jumped clear but just one time fault in his first major class on Sunday night.
Blue Loyd had some good performances earlier in the week, being placed twice, but was far too fresh in the Grand Prix and I felt I hadn’t enough bridle in him. It’s often difficult when you get a new horse to know what bit, how much leg, what feeding programme etc., and I feel I learned a lot about him here.
He has all the scope in the world and is super careful but now I will concentrate on getting him riding better between the fences and teaching him to listen. I really feel he is going to be a top machine and am looking forward to 2012 already!
My horses fly to Palm Beach on Thursday where I will stay for the winter to compete in the Winter Equestrian Festival.
I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and my very best wishes for 2012. Talk in the New Year.