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Cian O’Connor and Darragh Kenny both recorded significant results last night.
Meth-based O’Connor lost a 57-strong field to Belgium’s nose to claim victory in the three-star 1m55 Grand Prix.
As the 9-year-old stallion climbed the Taj Mahal, O’Connor was among the eight riders who took place in the second round jump off. With just two combinations doubling clear, the Irishman finished more than two seconds faster than German center Claricia Brinkp, who took the runner-up spot with Nectar VD Bishop.
“I didn’t expect to win today,” O’Connor later said. “The Taj Mahal is still only 9 years old. It’s his first three-star Grand Prix and it’s under the light. I am very happy that his previous rider Dieter Vermeeren saw him win here. He made the horse and I was able to take him to the next level – great teamwork. “
Kenny is the second Daragh Kenny in Monaco
Ophali’s Darag Kenny Monaco has claimed runner-up spot in the five-star Longinus Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, a venue he won in 2021.
The 13-year-old stallion climbed the Volis du Boisdavil, Kenny was one of only two riders to make a clear jump in the first round. He was chipped in for the win by Austria’s Max Kuhner who finished the jump off the Irishman less than half a second faster than EIC Coriolis des Iles. The podium was shared by the same three riders 12 months ago, finishing third with Olivier Philiperts H&M Miro of Belgium.
“The second seems to be my position and that’s exactly where I don’t want to be,” Kenny said. “I have to say that Volne has jumped incredibly today. He’s been a great horse for me ever since I took him from Teddy Volk. I was a little slow to jump-off and there I lost it. I must have known that I kept the door open, I took another step towards the vertical then I liked and then I was a little slower from the end and I knew I was behind today and Max caused it. I knew he could beat me when I got out of the ring and it wasn’t a pleasant feeling but we would just keep fighting and try to get that gold ticket. “
Kenny is fourth in the overall LGCT standings
While there has been no change in the top two positions in the overall GCT season rankings, Christian Ahlman (GER) is still ahead with 210 points and Ben Maher (GBR) is in second place with 182 points, a big change in order. . Pieter Devos (BEL) is third with 158 points and Daragh Kenny (IRL) is fourth with 153 points.
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