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SHOW JUMPING: Swail wins $134,000 Grand Prix
on 13 October 2019
Co Down's Conor Swail and GK Coco Chanel won the $134,000 Grand Prix at Tryon International, North Carolina, USA

DOWN's Conor Swail and GK Coco Chanel recorded the only double clear round of the competition, to win Saturday evening's $134,000 three-star Grand Prix at Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina, USA.

Swail and the 11-year-old gelding, owned by Vanessa Mannix, stopped the clock in 40.17 seconds, while Luiz Francisco de Azevedo (BRA) and Collin, claimed runner-up spot in 39.11 which was the fastest four-fault score, ahead of Australia’s Rowan Willis who took third place with Diablo VII.

Limerick’s Paul O’Shea, one of the heroes from Ireland’s win in the Longines FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona last weekend, finished fourth with Skara Glen’s Chancelloress.

Swail said afterwards: “The jump-off was very difficult with a lot of sharp angles and everything was coming up late. It was very difficult to keep that smooth and I think that was probably why there weren’t a lot of clear rounds.”

Swail confessed that GK Coco Chanel is not the easiest horse to ride, remarking, "he has his own mind sometimes and can be a little difficult, but when he goes well it normally ends up being a win. We have learned to work together very well now at this stage and we have a good relationship. The consistency is growing all the time; there’s a lot of good results. This is maybe a week early, but to win this is fabulous."

Swail hopes to continue his winning streak for next week’s $384,000 Gary Sinise Foundation Grand Prix CSI5*.

“I won the [Rolex Grand Prix CSI5*] last year on Rubens LS [La Silla]. This horse [GK Coco Chanel] is very capable of winning again next week and it would be great to get the double win. I’m looking forward to it.” he said.

Source: Horse Sport Ireland press release

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