CIAN O’Connor enjoyed an excellent show in Wiesbaden, Germany last weekend where he won two of the feature four-star classes, while youngster Max Wachman (18) won a class and finished runner-up in Sunday’s 1.60m Grand Prix, before he flew home to start his Leaving Certificate on Wednesday.
O’Connor kicked off his week with victory in Saturday’s 1.50m two-phase with his new mount, the Susan Magnier-owned C Vier 2.
The pair, who debuted for Ireland the previous week in Rome, were the best of 12 clears against the clock in 28.37 seconds to earn €6,500. Tom Wachman slotted into third place with Lazzaro delle Schiave with a great round in 29.25 seconds.
On Sunday, O’Connor won the 1.50m jump-off class with the nine-year-old stallion Taj Mahal, owned by Coolmore Showjumping. In an eight-horse jump-off, they were the best of just three clear rounds in a time of 47.52 seconds, taking home the top prize of €13,000.
On this occasion, Max Wachman slotted into third place with the 13-year-old gelding Quintini, clear in 48.88 seconds to earn €7,800.
The result was a reverse of the previous day’s 1.45m Table A when Max came out on top when he was the fastest of 17 clear round with Quintini in 57.33, three seconds faster than his mentor who again rode Taj Mahal, this time finishing runner-up.
Michael G. Duffy was runner-up in Saturday’s 1.40m Table A aboard Borelli Y when clear in 56.42 seconds. Victory went to Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano with Julius D (0/ 56.28).
Among other top four placings, Wachman’s biggest result of the weekend came in Sunday’s big 1.60m Grand Prix when he guided Berlux to one of three double-clear rounds to finish in second place and take home the prize cheque of €20,000.
Over a tough first round which saw 36 combinations start, Max was one of only four to keep a clean sheet with the 11-year-old Berlin gelding who joined his string last October.
Victory stayed with Germany as David Will guided Concordia 49 to the fastest round in 38.4 seconds. Belgium’s Gilles Dunon finished third with Fou de Toi Keihoeve. Denis Lynch finished fifth with Cornets Iberio after producing the fastest four-fault round in the first round.
Fifteen-year-old Alice Wachman was also in action in the one-star division at the venue and she picked up third place in Sunday’s 1.30m two-phase aboard SIEC Cros when clear in 33.92, as well as making the step up to jump her first 1.40m competition.