Langley, British Columbia, Canada – August 26, 2021 – 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 and Theo 160, 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 George & Dianne Tidball Legacy CSI 3* and the $37,000 Steel-Craft Doors Cup CSI 3*1.50m at last week’s Summer Fort Classic, Swail (IRL) 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 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 (CAN) was the first to produce a clear first round aboard Catinka 25, her winning partner from Sunday’s $100,000 ATCO Cup CSI 3*. After finishing as the runners-up in Wednesday’s $37,000 tbird Challenge CSI 3*, the pair looked to continue their strong form. However, a rail at the jump-off’s second fence relegated them to fourth.
Swail (IRL) 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.
Final Results – $37,000 Jump for Uryadi’s CSI3*
1) Conor Swail (IRL) & Theo 160 – 0 / 0 – 39.34
2) Conor Swail (IRL) & Gamble – 0 / 0 – 39.79
3) Lisa Carlsen (CAN) & Livestream 2 – 0 / 0 – 40.56
Source: Press Release by Catie Staszak / Catie Staszak Media for Thunderbird Show Park
Photos: © Thunderbird Show Park / Quinn Saunders