Ireland’s Olympic Bronze Medallist Cian O’Connor showed his generous side at the weekend after winning a Golf GTI car for the Grand Prix in Sommerstorf, Germany, and giving it to his long-time groom, “Frenchy”.
Riding the 12 year old gelding Unique clear over two rounds, O’Connor, 33, was one of ten combinations through to the jump-off, but claimed the white performance car as his prize when romping home almost two seconds faster than German challenger Carsten-Otto Nagel and Holiday by Solitour.
“Frenchy (real name Clement Waras) has been with me through thick and thin over the last seven years, including the London Olympics, and the decision was quite simple – my wife and I both have cars and he does not. So Frenchy gets the Golf,” O’Connor said.
Of his ride, O’Connor said: “Unique has been a consistent performer since joining my stables at the beginning of the year, and has delivered great performances in the United Arab Emirates, Austria and more recently in Norten Hardenburg in Germany. We came here to win the Grand Prix and that’s just what we did.”