Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Good finish to great circuit

KEC Alligator Alley (right) finished up on Sunday in Wellington placing 6th when jumping clear but incurring one time fault in the first round.

Cian says "Alley has been one of the most consistent horses of the circuit. He has jumped more clear rounds than most and we finished 3rd in the 1.50m league. It has been great mileage for him at this level and he has earned his Spring break!".

Blue Loyd jumped outstanding in the final 500k Grand Prix which was built by Alan Wade, Ireland’s international course designer. There were only three clears from 45 starters and incidentally no double clears as all three in the second round had one down. 

Cian and Blue Loyd looked set to be clear when coming down the final line of three fences. Jumping the massive black oxer and then the flimsy planks the crowd got ready to cheer only to see a late falling front rail off the final oxer to incur four faults for the pair.

Cian said" To have the last was a real sickener especially after getting all the hard stuff out of the way. I always take the positive out of each situation and I couldn't be happier with how Loyd is going. This trip was always focused on developing a partnership with him and the two classes I aimed him at at start of circuit he excelled in both, i.e., the Nations’ Cup where he was double clear and the last night finale which he jumped outstanding.“
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