- Unique wins first prize in the 1m45 classChantilly, France
- Gain Line performs at Chantilly
Starting off the weekend on a quiet note Cian saved the best till last, winning 2 out of the 3 classes on Sunday.
Unique didn't disappoint by winning the 1m45 class on Sunday morning. Early to go against 22 other combinations he was only one of 4 that completed the course clear and in the fastest time. Gain Line jumped out of his skin all week and finished in the final against 45 other top combinations; there were 12 clears in the 1st round. In the 2nd round Gain Line proved to be very fast against the clock, clearing the course in 39.48 taking an early lead.
Cian said “I was thrilled with Gain Line today, this was the first time I have asked him to go against the clock but with his big stride, scope and natural balance he was able to take out strides on the lines and turn up tight to fences and I think that is where we gained the time.”
Cooper jumped well all weekend and with their partnership still developing, Cooper is going from strength to strength finishing the Grand Prix with one fence down.
CIAN O'CONNOR joined Steve Guerdat and Gerco Schroder in front of the famous Chateau de Chantilly for the first time since they stood together on the podium in Greenwich Village in last year's London Olympic Games, to share their feelings about what it's like to win an Olympic medal and how it feels now, almost a year later.
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Aachen in Germany is notorious for having the biggest and widest fences of any show in the world. All of Cian's team performed outstandingly well which is evident in all the great results. Cian was clear in all the main classes from Wednesday till Saturday.
On Wednesday he jumped Cooper in the Prize of Europe and gave a display of jumping, picking up a single time fault. On Thursday Cian lined out in the feature event to win on the ever consistent Unique to score the first Irish win of the show. Cooper again jumped out of his skin in Friday’s 1.60m jump off class and with his lack of experience at this level he was just outside the time by .43 seconds. Unique again was double clear in Saturday's 1.55m jump off class placing fifth, as did Carpe Diem and Acorada in the accumulator and speed, respectively.
Cian said after the show, “Aachen show is undoubtedly one of the greats. The jumping here all week has been outstanding. I'm thrilled with all my horses especially Unique for his great consistency and will to win and I was delighted that his owners Beverley and Gary Widdowson were there this week to see him in action.”
“Of course the legendary pair of Nick Skelton and Big Star whom the Widdowsons also own was the only treble clear in the Grand Prix which was a tremendous achievement and congrats to all involved and personally I was thrilled for Nick”.