Ireland’s Conor Swail snatched victory by a fraction from top Canadian rider Eric Lamaze in the ATCO Founders Classic at the five-star Spruce Meadows Masters meeting in Calgary, Canada last night.
In a twelve-way jump-off Swail got GK Coco Chanel across the line just one hundredth of a second faster than Lamaze on Chacco Kid, after the Canadian had taken over the lead from another Irish pairing, Cian O’Connor on Callisto.
O’Connor held onto third place among the world-class field of 62 combinations.
The Spruce Meadows Masters meeting is one of the top events in the show jumping calendar, and features the three-million Canadian dollar Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday.
Last night’s result means Conor Swail has qualified for the lucrative finale. O’Connor was pre-qualified because of his individual European Bronze medal, which gives him automatic entry to all Grands Prix until the next European Championships in 2019.