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Swail wins race against himself in $37,000 CSI3* Jump for Uryadi's 1.50m

Friday, 27 August 2021
CSI3* Thunderbird Show Park 2021

Photo © Quinn Saunders/tbird. Conor Swail and Theo 160 took the top honors in the $37,000 CSI3* Jump for Uryadi's 1.50m. Photo © Quinn Saunders/tbird.

 

Press release from Thunderbird Show Park


 

In the jump-off for the $37,000 CSI3* Jump for Uryadi's 1.50m, Conor Swail (IRL) made up 50 percent of the lineup. 

Jumping a clear first round of Peter Holmes' track aboard both Gamble (Vingino x Indoctro) and Theo 160 (Christian x Calando IV), Swail had the odds in his favor ahead of the short course in a jump-off of four. Returning in the advantageous final position, the 9-year-old gelding Theo 160 proved that he far from a one-hit wonder.

After topping both the $37,000 CSI3* George & Dianne Tidball Legacy 1.45m and the $37,000 CSI3* Steel-Craft Doors Cup 1.50m at last week's Summer Fort Classic, Swail and Theo 160 won yet again in Thursday's feature class at Thunderbird Show Park. Swail also took runner-up honors aboard Asta Torokvei's Gamble, with Lisa Carlsen (CAN) and Livestream 2 (Lordanos x Landadel) third.

It was a rainy afternoon at the venue. Rails fell throughout the first round as combinations navigated the inclement weather, but the field remained in great condition for the 19 combinations that came forward.

Swail's student Vanessa Mannix was the first to produce a clear first round aboard Catinka 25 (Catoki x Luxano), her winning partner from Sunday's $100,000 CSI3* ATCO Cup. After finishing as the runners-up in Wednesday's $37,000 CSI3* tbird Challenge, the pair looked to continue their strong form. However, a rail at the jump-off's second fence relegated them to fourth.

Swail then set a stiff standard with Gamble, who looked as if he were going to take his turn for a win photo, especially after Carlsen (40.56 seconds) could not catch their 39.79-second time. But Swail wasn't content with just a win. Victory already secured, he had nothing to lose. He further accelerated with Theo 160 and bettered himself, recording a winning time of 39.34 seconds. 

 



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