Good week for Drain
CONOR Drain ended his week at the two-star show in Riesenbeck, Germany on a good note when securing a top-10 finish in the 1.45m Grand Prix. One of just 10 through to the jump-off, he picked up eight faults against the clock aboard Imagine to finished 10th. Victory stayed with the host nation, Hans-Thorben Rüder winning aboard Dakota.
Overall it was a good week for the Co Antrim native; on Thursday, he took the runner-up finish in the 1.30m riding Dialetto PS, when clear in 64.92. He later went on to claim fourth place in the 1.35m with Cristo, when he kept the poles in place in a time of 68.24.
In Saturday’s one-star 1.35m, Drain slotted into fourth place with Dialetto PS. Also in the line-up was Michael G Duffy and Cino 9, who finished in seventh place. In Friday’s two-star 1.40m, Duffy took the runner-up place aboard Celentano K, when he delivered a clear in 65.89, just a second off the winner.
One place behind was Sophie Dalm and Volnay De Choc Z in 65.81. In the proceeding 1.45m, Eoin McMahon secured second place when he delivered a clear round aboard Miss Milly Manou in a time of 71.70.
SHANE O’Meara was runner-up in last Thursday’s three-star 1.40m in Sentower Park, Belgium. Riding Ikaberlina RV, he was one of 33 clear rounds in 32.45 seconds, just bettered by Belgium’s Lore Decock with Heschung van ‘t Ameldonk (0/0 30.06). He finished fifth in Saturday’s 1.40m aboard Iris, again putting in a faultless performance in 27.73 seconds. In the young horse classes, the Tipperary rider finished fifth on Thursday with Nindino PS in the seven/eight-year-old class, double clear in 29.70 seconds.
On Friday, Michael Duffy took fifth place in the CSI3* 1.40m when he partnered Cadeau W Z to a clear in 30.04.