CO Down’s Conor Swail rounded off a good show in Central Park, New York, with a third place finish in the three-star Grand Prix aboard Cita. Set to the background of New York city skyscrapers, 34 starts lined out for the $216,000 Rolex Grand Prix, designed by Olympic course builder Guilherme Jorge from Brazil. Some 10 horse and rider combinations advanced to the jump-off, but only two of those managed to jump a clear round against the clock.

Swail set off with intention aboard Sue and Ariel Grange’s 10-year-old Holsteiner mare and blazed around in 33.12 seconds, the fastest time of the day, but four faults meant they finished in third behind American winner Jimmy Torana with Day Dream, clear in 37.05, and Sharn Wordley and Barnetta. USA’s McLain Ward and Double H Farm’s HH Carlos Z were also very fast in 34.89 seconds, but had an unusual rail at the first fence to finish fourth.