April 21, 2008

Ireland's 15 year-old Shane Connell yielded just one time fault in Sunday's Grand Prix at Fontainebleau, France to carry off the CSIOP prize on the Irish-bred Murphy's Flight in a two-horse jump-off with Denmark's Alexandra Sisseck.

Longford-born Connell, who jumped Ireland's only double clear round in Saturday's Nations Cup competition, where the Irish squad finished second, was joined in the Grand Prix top ten by Galway's Jessica Burke, who slotted Gabriel Slattery Jr's into fourth, while Emma Smyth and Michael Duffy accounted for 10th and 11th place, respectively.

In the CSIP Grand Prix, only four riders made the jump-off. German Gina Sophia Giordani made a double clear round with two time penalties to take the win. French rider Eliott Thiennette with Moonlight Shadow was closest but one fence down put him into second place. Vincent Byrne (IRL) riding Fortview Master was third, and Cassandra Orschel (GER) finished fourth.