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Anthony Condon wins four-star Grand Prix at Bolesworth
on 21 June 2017
Anthony Condon won the four-star Equerry Grand Prix at Bolesworth; Cian O’Connor scored a five-star podium finish in Austria

WATERFORD's Anthony Condon took the winner's trophy in the biggest competition of the week at Bolesworth four-star International in the UK as he guided Balzac to victory in the Equerry Grand Prix.

Condon, from Cappagh near Dungarvan, produced one of just two double clear rounds with the 11-year-old gelding Balzac, who he owns along with Kat Taylor.

Britain’s Keith Shore had posted the first double clear to take the lead with Mystic Hurricane in a time of 53.53. However Condon cut over three seconds off the target (49.86) when third-last to go and held on to take a winner's prize of €33,000.

Offaly’s Darragh Kenny also took fifth place for Ireland with Team De Coquerie.

Meanwhile, at Glock Performance Centre in Austria, Meath-based Cian O’Connor took third place on the podium in the €345,000 five-star Grand Prix.

O’Connor has been in superb form of late scoring three five-star wins since returning from injury and this time he partnered the 10-year-old gelding Skyhorse to third place with one of just three double clears in the competition.

O’Connor and Skyhorse (owned by Chansonete Farm LLC), crossed the line clear in 50.36 when fifth to go of the eight combinations who made it into the jump-off, with the Irish rider collecting over €50,000.

Tipperary’s Denis Lynch also finished in the prizes with All Star. They lowered just the very last fence, finishing in a time of 50.12 to take sixth place overall and pick up almost €19,000.

Swiss pair Martin Fuchs (Clooney) and Steve Guerdat (Corbinian) shared the winner's prize of €155,000 after both jumped clear in a time of 49.43.

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