The Meath-based riders’ latest win came with the Philippe Membrez-owned stallion Copain du Perchet in the Prize of Sparkasse Speed Derby. They crossed the line clear in 68.42 seconds to push Germany’s Philip Rüping and Chalypsa into second in 68.70, while Chile’s Samuel Parot finished third with Quick du Pottier in 70.36.
O’Connor said after his latest win:
“Aachen have always kept this unique speed class with the lake and the crowd really enjoy it. Copain took it all in his stride literally and ate up the ground in this great arena today.”
London Olympic Bronze medalist O’Connor also claimed a five-star win in Aachen on Wednesday with the 10 year old gelding Callisto.
Aachen is home to the annual World Equestrian Festival which attracts a staggering 360,000 spectators to the German venue each year. The Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen, part of the Rolex Grand Slam, takes place this Sunday.