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Cian O’Connor opens debate on Ireland’s Top League participation

Sunday, 01 July 2012

Cian starts a debate. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.In his latest blog entry on his own website, Cian O’Connor shares his thoughts on Ireland’s Top League participation. O’Connor’s reaction came after the Top league leg in St. Gallen; after three legs of the series Ireland had only collected seven points and was lying eighth on the overall ranking.

In his blog Cian writes:
“Unfortunately it’s the same old mantra - we have great jockeys but not the level of horses needed to be even close to being competitive at that level. When you see the strength and depth of other countries you start to accept the reality that we are in fact not at the races!

Solution? Be out of the super league for two years -  that way the few horses that are coming through will get time to develop rather than being hurried and perhaps doing too much too soon?

As I see it there is no point breaking one’s neck to stay up in a league just to struggle for a season to do the same thing the following year. I'm not saying that’s the answer but we need to take stock and be brutally honest.”

Click here to read the entire blog entry at

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