Conor Swail Bets Big to Win $15,000 Markel Insurance Welcome CSI 2*

San Juan Capistrano, California, USA – May 10, 2023 – Gambling on Conor Swail (IRL) would have been the winning bet in Wednesday’s $15,000  Markel Insurance Welcome CSI 2* at the San Juan Capistrano International CSIO 5* in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Swail and Gamble, owned by Asta Torokvei, topped a field of 46 entries to kick off the week with a victory for the Irish rider.

As the second entry to go on the Oaks International Grand Prix Field, Swail and Gamble led the class nearly beginning to end. They crossed the finish timers of the two-phase course, designed by Venezuela’s Leopoldo Palacios, in what would prove to be a winning time of 27.24 seconds. Coming quite close to catching Swail was the USA’s Kyle King who rode Cerolino, owned by Ilan Ferder, to a time of 27.34 seconds. Rounding out the top three with a time of 27.82 seconds was the USA’s Alexis Sokolov aboard Fasole du Seigneur, owned by Hot Horses LLC.

“We had a good round today; I was very pleased with Gamble,” said Swail of the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. “Gamble and I have been together now for three or four years. He’s a very good, competitive 1.50m horse and higher. He’s just come back from three months off. He didn’t jump all winter, so it’s actually really nice now. I’m very happy with how he feels. He’s competitive, and he always gives his all, so as you can see today, it worked out great for me.”

This week marks Swail’s first visit the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park – home to the San Juan Capistrano International and more than a dozen competitions hosted by Blenheim EquiSports. While wins like Wednesday’s are a wonderful bonus, Swail made the trip to San Juan Capistrano with his priorities set on representing the Irish team well in Sunday’s CHF250,000 CSIO5Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ USA.

“[The Nations Cup] is very important,” said Swail, who is currently ranked eighth in the world in the Longines Rankings.

“I have Nadal Hero here; he’s one of my younger top horses that’s just done a few 5* last year and finished up very well toward the end of the year,” said Swail of his mount for Sunday’s team event. “Then I have Count Me In that I’m planning to do in the grand prix on Friday. I have some good horses here, and I’m really hoping to have a good week. So far, it’s been lovely. This grass arena jumped lovely there today. The footing seems good. There’s a good cover of grass on it; I think it’ll stop it from getting too hard. There’s plenty of space. I must say, it’s a very nice facility.”

For the win in the $15,000 CSI2* Markel Insurance Welcome, Swail was presented with a Topline Design Ribbon Wreaths Custom Shadowbox and a Riderzon gift certificate. The class is a member event of the 2023 Blenheim EquiSports Markel 1.35m Jumper Series and the ATCO Spring Series Leading FEI Rider Bonus. To learn more about both series, visit ThePlaceToJump.com.

Competition at the San Juan Capistrano International CSIO5* continues through Sunday, with the highlight events including Friday’s CHF$200,000 Longines Grand Prix CSIO5*, Saturday’s $77,300 San Juan Capistrano International Grand Prix and Sunday’s grand finale CHF250,000 CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ USA. To learn more, visit USANationsCup.com.

Conor Swail (pictured aboard Nadal Hero & DB) was presented as the winner of the $15,000 CSI2* Markel Insurance Welcome by Brandon Seger of Markel Insurance and Josh Mullins of the LSI Agency. Photo: ©  McCool Photography

Final Results – €15,000 Markel Insurance Welcome Two Phase, presented by Walter Oil & Gas Corporation CSIO 5*

1) Conor Swail (IRL) & Gamble – 0 / 0 – 27.24

2) Kyle King (USA) & Cerolino – 0 / 0 – 27.34

3) Alexis Sokolov (USA) & Fasole du Seigneur  – 0 / 0 – 27.82

Source: Press Release from Blenheim EquiSports.

Photos: ©  McCool Photography