Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

News: December, 2008

Cian Wins Again At Olympia!

Not content with his first-ever win at Olympia on Friday with Rancorrado, Cian repeated the magic today with a decisive win on Complete in the BIC Speed Stakes, beating both Britain's Michael Whitaker and Belgium's Philip Le Jeune in a field of 21 starters.

Cian said from London: "I am so delighted you wouldn't believe it. I thought the Rancorrado victory was something special but this just adds icing to the cake. Complete has always had a good record against the clock, and it is marvellous that he won here today against such stiff opposition."

Cian Makes Victory Debut At Five-Star Olympia

Rancorrado gave Cian his first win at Olympia tonight, something he says he's been dreaming about since he was a little boy. "I'm just completely over the moon, " he said. "Olympia has been an iconic show for so much of my life, and it's hard to describe how it feels to actually win such a major class here, against such top riders and horses."

The competition was the main feature class at 1m60, and Cian was one of 14 in the jump-off. Rancorrado jumped two copybook clear rounds.

Cian And Rancorrado Third In First Olympia Jump Off

On the first day of Olympia's World Cup show in London, Cian took third place in the 1m60 Jump Off class with Rancorrado. He said afterwards: "I wasn't sure how he would take to this arena, but he jumped brilliantly again, two super clear rounds. It's a great start to what will be a long week."

Cian And Baloufina Win Geneva Speed Final

On the last day of the World Cup Show at Geneva, Cian and Baloufina took their first victory of the weekend in the Prix du Rhone Speed Final. They streaked across the line a tenth of a second ahead of Switzerland's Pius Schwizer and Jamaica VIII.

Afterwards Cian commented: "I am absolutely thrilled with the mare. We've been knocking on the door at Geneva each day so it was great to get our head in front today."

Super Second Place For Complete In Swiss Grand Prix

Cian and Complete recorded a superb second place in the five-star Credit Suisse Grand Prix at the World Cup Show in Geneva tonight, beating off challenges from some of the world's top riders and horses.

Cian was one of 13 through to the jump-off and held the pole position almost to the end, when the USA's Laura Kraut and Miss Independent shaved a fraction of a second off Complete's time.

Afterwards Cian commented: "I am absolutely thrilled with the horse, as must be the owners, Castlemartin Stud and Stephen O'Connor. Complete has a huge stride, but nevertheless this was a very big arena, and we were up against some of the world's top talent, like Eric Lamaze, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and the Whitakers, just to mention a few. The horse excelled himself, for this was a seriously major competition in which to come second."

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