Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist


Unique wins a new car for Cian's groom!

  • Unique wins the Grand Prix in SommerstorfPic: Karl-Heinz Frieler
  • Cian after his victory in the Grand PrixPic: Peggy Schröder

After winning the Grand Prix on Sunday in Sommerstorf, Germany, Cian picked up the prize of a Golf GTI, which he subsequently donated to his groom, Clement Waras, known affectionately as "Frenchy".

Cian won on the ultra-reliable gelding, Unique, owned by Beverley Widdowson. The 12 year old was one of ten to make it through to the second round, winning with 2 seconds to spare ahead of Germany's Carsten-Otto Nagel, riding Holiday by Solitour.

Having delivered great performances in the UAE, Austria and recently Nörten-Hardenberg, Cian said that "Unique has been a consistent performer since joining my stables at the beginning of the year... We came here to win the Grand Prix and that's just what we did."

Cian handed the keys for his prize to his groom, saying “Frenchy has been with me through thick and thin over the last seven years, including the London Olympics, and the decision was quite simple: My wife and I both have cars and he does not. So Frenchy gets the Golf.”

“He’s been a super support to me over a long period and is always working so hard to help me win, as do all my team. But Frenchy has been wanting a car for ages, so I thought, why not give him this one,” he added.

Cian will now head to the four star show in Fontainebleu, France, and next week to Aachen, Germany, where he will form part of Team Ireland's squad to contest the Nations Cup.

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