Shane Sweetnam and Main Road netted third place in last night’s tightly-contested Jolera Welcome Stakes at the four-star Royal Horse Show World Cup meeting in Toronto, Canada.

The Irish rider was one of the last to jump in the class and made a bold effort for victory over the 1m45 course but could not stop the clock in time, falling short by just 0.14 of a second.

American McLain Ward took the contest with Malou in 54.66, just ahead of Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa (Citizenguard Cadjanine Z) who got home in 54.75, with Sweetnam and Main Road fractions further back in 54.80.

Mike Dunne