Conor Swail Can’t be Beat in $38,700 CSI3* 1.50m Speed
Conor Swail (IRL) isn’t the one you want to be up against going into speed competition. As the speed master he is, the Irishman took the win aboard Theo 160 in Thursday’s $38,700 Pomponio Ranch CSI3* 1.50m Speed at Desert International Horse Park (DIHP).
For much of the class, it appeared that Swail might win aboard his first mount, Vital Chance De La Roque. The duo took an early lead, going fourth in the order and capturing a time of 58.68 seconds. While pairs attempted to unseat him, rails came down and the leaderboard remained unchanged.
When Swail came in aboard Theo 160, the horse that took second in this very class during week two and first in the CSI3* Grand Prix, he knew his chances were good to finish one-two. He overtook his own lead, crossing the timers in 58.01 seconds and capturing the top two spots. Only Kyle King (USA) was there to switch things up, claiming second-place honors aboard Sig Chiari, owned by Sig International, Inc.
“I was super happy with Theo,” Swail remarked. “I’d had a good round already with [Vital Chance]. At that point, actually, I was still leading. So I thought, ‘How do I play it out with Theo?’ He’s quick enough that I decided just to have another go at it. It was a great round, and I was very pleased.”
Swail has put more and more trust in 11-year-old Theo 160 recently, letting him use his stride and scope to their advantage, omitting strides in risky places. “He is very brave,” Swail reflected. “Even if you’re running a little fast at the jump, he’s always going to try and be careful at it. I trust him. Thankfully he’s pulling out all the stops for me, so it’s great.”