Irish Olympic medalist Cian O’Connor added his country’s second victory in a row at CHIO Rotterdam to make it clear who are the fastest. US rider Wilton Porter 12th and by Latinos participation of Argentine Jose Maria Larocca. (Photo © chio.nl)
For second day of the CHIO Rotterdam 2017 in The Netherlands, the same variable of the clear dominion by the Irish rider remained, resulting now like a winner the Olympic medalist Cian O’Connor.
Disputing the speed class Jumping 1.50m with the participation of 55 pairs and a prize to distribute of €27,000 among the 12 best classified, Cian O’Connor stopped the clock in 64.87 seconds with the 12-year-old stallion Copain du Perchet CH (Conteur x Ragazzo) owned by Philippe Membrez, adding the second successive victory for the Irish, making clear who are the fastest after yesterday’s victory by his fellowman Darragh Kenny, which took 50 World Ranking Points and his fourth 2017 FEI victory.
As expected, the focus was on the Irish riders, but the Swedish Henrik von Eckermann was slipping to cut what could be the one-two-three Irish, completing his course in 65.30 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Hermes de Mariposa (Canturo x Power Light) in second place. For third was Shane Breen with the 10-year-old stallion Laith owned by Team Z7 recording a time of 66.30 seconds or his fellowman and yesterday’s winner Darragh Kenny finished in fourth place with the 9-year-old gelding C ‘Est Beau (Calido I x Grannus) in 66.38 seconds.
For the Pan-American Ranking the American rider Wilton Porter finished in 12th place with the 10-year-old gelding Delinquent JX (Darco x I Need You) in time of 71.23 seconds and Lillie Keenan was located in a distant Ranked 38th with the 10-year-old gelding Skyhorse (Calvaro x Quidam of Revel) accumulating 6 fouls.
For the Latino Ranking participated Jose Maria Larocca of Argentina with his 13-year-old stallion Cornet du Lys (Cornet Obolensky x Champion du Lys) totaling 9 fouls and 92.71 seconds in the 46th position.
The best seed of the class was Italian World Number 4 Lorenzo de Luca, completing a field of 9 fouls in the 45th place next to the 13-year-old gelding Ensor of Litrange LXII (Nabab de Reve x Mr Blue).