WORLD number one Kent Farrington is closing out 2017 as the top ranked rider and on a Grand Slam journey after winning the Rolex Grand Prix at Geneva last Sunday.

Three Irish lined out in the field of 40 and it was the individual European bronze medallist Cian O’Connor who kept Irish hopes alive when he produced a fantastic clear in the first round with Chansonette Farm LLC’s Fibonacci 17, the usual mount of his student Lillie Keenan.