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Cian O’Connor best in Falsterbo Derby qualifier

Friday, 14 July 2017
CSIO5* Falsterbo 2017

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Cian O'Connor with Copain du Perchet CH. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Cian O’Connor (IRL) was unbeatable in Friday's 1.45m qualification for the Falsterbo Derby riding the beautiful Copain du Perchet CH (Conteur x Ragazzo). It was a class with 20 riders in it, and the course – with some derby fences – caused problems with as many as five being eliminated or retired.

Second place went to a happy Alison Robitaille (USA) with Serise du Bidou (Gin Tonic Star x Fusain du Defey), and it was only O’Connor and Robitaille that made it around the track in a time under 70 seconds. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) followed in third with Indra van de Oude Heihoef (Casantos x Action-Breaker), finishing the course on a clean sheat in 75.77 seconds.

Karel Cox (BEL) with Quickchin WH Z (Quidam de Revel x Chin Chin) ended fourth with Andre Thieme (GER) on Contadur (Conteros x Kolibi)  in fifth.

Alexander Zetterman (SWE) had a bad fall with Cordalis 8 (Corrado I x Lansing) when the gelding seemed to get stuck in the martingal in the landing on one of the verticals. Zetterman has injured his shoulder, and was brought to hospital. 

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