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Conor Swail collects cheque of €100,000 at Pan American Grand Prix in Spruce Meadiws

Updated: Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 23:18 | Comments

Conor Swail
Conor Swail

Co Down's Conor Swail collected €100,000 for a spectacular win in the Pan American Cup Grand Prix in Spruce Meadows, Canada, which also saw fellow Irish rider Cameron Hanley take third place.

Malahide-based Swail, riding Susan and Ariel Grange's stallion Lansdowne, was one of just five international combinations to go clear in the first round from a starting field of 33, and in the jump-off seemed to have forfeited his chances of the big prize when having one pole down.

However, after all five had jumped, no zero score appeared, so the 41 year-old Irishman took first place with the fastest time recorded.

Last man in was Mayo's Cameron Hanley, riding Eleonore Paschoude and Yves Bouvier's talented gelding Antello Z, and the pair seemed assured of a win until they dislodged a pole on the Rolex final fence, and had to settle for a third place behind Colombian runner-up Daniel Blueman and Sanha LS La Silla. 

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