Third In Barcelona Queen's Cup
up the Irish pressure at the Barcelona Super League venue today
(Saturday), 23 yr old Kildare rider Cian O'Connor mixed it with
the senior German aces Ludger Beerbaum and Lars Nieberg in pursuit
of the Lexus Trophy at the Queen's Cup competition in the heat of
Barcelona. The trophy was, of course, a Lexus car.
though he failed to badly dent German supremacy or win the vehicle,
O'Connor nevertheless walked away with a cash prize of 4000 euro,
slotting <Waterford Crystal> comfortably into third place
in a field of 34 top international riders.
Marie Burke, riding <Chippison>, a relative newcomer at this
level of competition, nevertheless managed to finish in 10th place.
(Sunday), O'Connor joins his team-mates Robert Splaine, Harry Marshall
and Lt. Shane Carey in a bid to maintain Ireland's No.2 spot in
the final of the Samsung Super League. France has pulled ahead of
Ireland in the table, with a gap of over 10 points, and Britain
is snapping at Ireland's heels in the No.3 spot.
double points being awarded for places tomorrow, an upset in the
league rankings is more than probable.
JUMPING RESULTS: CSIO*****BARCELONA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 18 - 21, 2003
No.8 Queen's Cup - Lexus Trophy
LARGE TOUR Table A, against the clock and jump-off. Art. 238.2.2.
Saturday 20th September 2003
CHAMPION DU LYS; LUDGER BEERBAUM (GER) Faults 0.00 Time 40.18
2) LOREANA; LARS NIEBERG (GER) Faults 0.00 Time 42.74
3) WATERFORD CRYSTAL; CIAN O'CONNOR (IRL) Faults 0.00 Time 46.89
CHIPPISON; MARIE BURKE (IRL) Faults 0.00 Time 79.15