Kerry’s Capt Brian Cournane claims runner-up finish in five-star Pan American Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in Canada

  • 1 July 2019, 09:47

A hugely impressive double clear performance saw Kerry-born Capt Brian Cournane take runner-up spot in yesterday’s (Sunday) five-star Pan American Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in Canada, finishing just behind the world’s top-ranked rider.

Capt Brian Cournane and Armik

Six of the 47 starters made it into the jump-off where Cournane and the 10-year-old gelding Armik, who is owned by Bob and Christine Stiller, took the lead with a clear in 45.54 seconds when second to go against the clock. He held top position until World No.1 Steve Guerdat entered the ring as last to go with Venard de Cerisy, with the Swiss rider crossing the line clear in 43.95 to take the win.

Derry’s Daniel Coyle also made it into the jump-off with Farrel and produced the fastest time of the day (42.87) but one fence down would see them finish fifth.

Jordan Coyle and  Picador (Photo: Spruce Meadows Media/Jack Cusano)

The earlier West Canadian Cup 1m45 at Spruce Meadows saw Ireland’s Jordan Coyle take victory with Picador to round off a hugely successful recent run of results for the Derry rider.

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