O'Connor Fourth At Belfast Grand Prix
again stole the honours at Belfast tonight (Sunday), with Andrew
Davies winning the £27,000 Grand Prix prize purse, but Ireland's
Cian O'Connor managed a lucrative fourth, and was the only Irish
rider to jump a double clear round.
Henry's taxing course had the near-capacity crowd at Belfast's Odyssey
arena holding its collective breath as rider after rider in the
first round fell foul of the bogey line from the vertical at Fence
No. 6 to the double at No.7. By the time Cian O'Connor arrived to
tumultuous applause, only one rider of 15 - Switzerland's Daniel
- had managed to jump clear. Four riders had also retired after
racking up multiple errors.
ecouraged by shouts from the crowd, clocked up Ireland's first clear
on <Waterford Crystal>, and this seemed to break the spell
the next three riders, who also took clears, one of them O'Connor's
Nations Cup team-mate Billy Twomey on <Anastasia>.
proved to be the only two first-round Irish clears in a total field
of 33 riders, with the other seven clear rounds being dominated
by the British, who had run riot through the card at Belfast since
Thursday's opening night.
a total prize fund of £81,000 at stake, the arena was hushed
with tension for the jump-off against the clock on a reduced course
of seven fences, with a total of eight jumping elements, including
the bogey double on the long side that had cause so much trouble
earlier in the Grand Prix..
Nick Skelton, second-out, set the pace at 34.09, but this was soon
outstripped by a lightning-fast round from his fellow-countryman
Andrew Davies, who came home in 31.50.
Cian O'Connor went for a safer route on <Waterford Crystal>
and notched up a classic clear in 38.62, but the second Irish rider,
Billy Twomey, had two down.
JUMPING RESULTS: CSI***** BELFAST NORTHERN IRELAND 27-30 NOVEMBER
ENVIROCARE GRAND PRIX
Sponsored by Envirocare
International Jumping Competition Table A 2 Rounds 1.60m
FEI Art. 273.3.3
Sunday 30th November 2003
LIMBO V; Andrew DAVIES (GBR) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 31.50
2) ARKO II; Nick SKELTON (GBR) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 34.09
3) HERMINE IMPERIALE ; Daniel ETTER (SUI) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time
4) WATERFORD CRYSTAL; Cian O'CONNOR (IRL) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time
ANASTASIA; Billy TWOMEY (IRL) Faujlts 0.00/8.00 Time 35.10