A fourth place in the Accumulator competition with Irish Independent Echo Beach and eight faults in the Grand Prix with Rancorrado wrapped up a successful weekend at the five star show in Belgium for Cian. He said afterwards: "As a big horse Rancorrado sometimes found the arena just a bit tight but jumped very well, and will come on well for Geneva. I was very pleased with Echo Beach's fourth place, needless to say."
Rancorrado gave Cian his second fifth place at Brussels on Friday night. Competing in the Rolex Classic 1m55 jump off, the bay gelding produced a super result in his first major indoor show.
Cian said: " I didn't know how he'd take to the big jumps in such a tight space, but he was incredible. We had one great clear and one down in the jump off to finish fifth.
"He's an amazing athlete, a heart like a lion and clever like a pony! I am delighted with his performance."
Cian is currently competing at the five-star show in Brussels, and tonight took a fifth place in the 1m45 Two Phase with Complete.
Cian said from the Belgian show: "I was thrilled with Complete tonight. He has been on a break since the Dublin Horse Show in August and this is his first international outing since then. The top five in this competition all finished on the same second, so that gives you some idea of the calibre of the competition!"
Tomorrow he'll be competing in the 1m55 Jump Off class with Rancorrado at 5.30 pm local time, and we'll have all the news and results from Brussels here over the weekend.
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Today at the final of the SJI Autumn League the boys from Karlswood took an impressive four of the top seven placings. Both Mark Kinsella and Raphael Goehrs had one horse each through to the jump off.
Mark partnered his Cavan winner PS I Love You and jumped a super first round, but an unlucky fence down in the jump off meant they finished fourth overall.
Raphael equally had a great first round aboard his Portmore winner Mistral de Ravellet, but with a very tight tight turn to the second oxer had the back bar and finished an eventual seventh place.
Cian had two clear into the jump off, Irish Independent Echo Beach and Markopoulo. Trevor Breen had set a flying pace aboard Oldtown Katie and Echo Beach was clear but came home fractionally slower to finish eventual third.
Cian was last to go on Markopoulo and really went all out to win the class. Taking a very tight turn to the second jump and with a long gallop to the last fence, a wall, where the pair took a stride out and produced a thrilling finish to win the class. As a result Cian was crowned SJI Autumn Grand Prix League Champion.
Cian said afterwards: "It was an exciting finish to the national season here in Ireland and obviously I was delighted with my horses especially Markopoulo. He answered all the questions and jumped superbly here today. On behalf of my team and indeed all the riders I would like to extend a sincere thanks to the sponsors Allianz who have signed up to support Kill International for the next few years. They have also set up a new insurance scheme for both horse and rider and this looks very interesting."
Earlier in the day Cian won the 1m30 aboard Joe Sloan's ABC Loreen. Finally Cian commented: I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks competing abroad. The horses leave tomorrow for Brussels where I start jumping on Thursday and I'll be taking Rancorrado, Complete and Irish Independent Echo Beach. Hopefully we'll have some more good news to report soon!"
The Portmore Grand Prix in Co. Down was won yesterday on Mistral de Ravellet by Frenchman Raphael Goehrs, who has been based with Cian at Karlswood Stables since August.
Cian was second aboard Markopoulo and they were the only two double clear rounds in the competition.
Cian said afterwards: "I am delighted for Raph and although I don't like being beaten it was great to see all his hard work paying off that he has put in over the last few months. He rode two superb rounds and won it easily.
Raphael commented after his victory: "I am thrilled with the horse, he is only an eight year-old and this is my first Grand Prix win ever and I'm overwhelmed with the occasion." He said he wanted to pay special thanks to Cian for all the help he has given him during his stay in Ireland.
Raphael will compete in Kill next Sunday, and as it's the final show of the season he will return home after that.