Cian O’Connor claimed third place in the Deauville Grand Prix in France today (Sunday), writes Jack Burns.
The Olympic Bronze medallist piloted the nine year-old Dutch-bred gelding Callisto, on which he’d also taken a 1m50 third place recently at the five-star show in Aachen, Germany.
Competing against a predominantly French field, the Meath-based rider was one of six through to the jump-off, and one of only three to record a double clear round.
O’Connor and Callisto were outpaced in the final round by Adeline Hecart, daughter of the famous French show jumper Michel Hecart, riding the Selle Francais mare Question d’Orval, who stopped the clock just over a second faster than the Irish rider. Second place went to France’s Charles Henri Ferme and Sacre Coeur.
O’Connor’s Karlswood Stables colleague Ross Mulholland placed 11th on Under Fire du Lozon, having picked up four faults in the Grand Prix’s opening round, while the winner’s father Michel finished in 12th place on Toupie de la Roque, also having had a fence down in the first round.