MEATH’S Cian O’Connor took home Ireland’s biggest prize pot of the weekend when he collected 16,000 euro for his third place in the four-star Wellington Grand Prix in Florida tonight (Sunday).
The only Irish rider to go through to the jump-off from a starting field of 50, Olympic bronze medal winner O’Connor steered Adena Springs Stable’s mare Quidam’s Cherie to a second clear round, but was less than a second slower than British winner, World No. 2 Ben Maher, who rode Urico to the first prize reward of 36,000 euro. Second place went to the USA’s Laura Kraut and Nouvelle.
Elsewhere, Co. Down’s Dermott Lennon collected 6,000 euro for a win in the two-star Grand Prix in Vilamoura, Portugal, riding Judith Sossick’s 12 year-old Irish Sport Horse mare Loughview Lou Lou, while Cork’s Billy Twomey was 5,000 euro richer with a fourth place in the Spanish Sunshine Tour’s three-star Grand Prix on his new mount, Royale du Rouet.