Calgary, AB, Canada – Conor Swail of Ireland continued his streak of leading the victory gallop at the Spruce Meadows ‘National’, presented by Rolex, when he topped the ATCO Classic 1.45m with Cenzo, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Harley VDL x Cavalier), owned by Ilan Ferder and Tal Milstein.
Swail was the last to go in a jump-off of 15, out of an original starting order of 39. The leading time was set early in the jump-off by Antonio Chedraui (MEX) on Corcega La Silla, who finished in 36.07 seconds. Swail and Cenzo sped around the course and won with a time of 35.56 seconds.
Swail had never gone that fast with Cenzo before, he said. “The plan was to run and try to keep it as smooth as possible,” he continued.
“His left turn is not as good as is right, so the turn back to the Rolex (jump) I thought would be too slow for me to be the winner, but he actually did that quite good. I got a lot of time up to the last. He cut in and raced hard at it and jumped it really well.”
Third place went to Nayel Nassar (EGY) and Acita with a time of 36.61 seconds. Leslie Howard (USA) and Up & Blue Chapelle were fourth in 37.11 seconds, while Daniel Coyle (IRL) and Fortis Fortuna were fifth in 37.23 seconds.
Swail started riding Cenzo this past winter in the 1.30m Jumpers and had moved up to the 1.45m division by the end of the winter circuit. He competed in Mexico before trying his hand at Spruce Meadows.
“He’s got a little bit of mileage,” Swail said. “He’s a little bit difficult in the mouth, but very careful. He’s a good jumper. He scared himself a little bit in the 1.50m the last time he was out, so that was a great comeback for him.
Cenzo will stay competing at the Summer Series for the four weeks of tournaments to further his education and gain consistency.
“We want to improve the rideability,” Swail explained. “That’s why we’re here at Spruce Meadows, to try and collect prize money, jump clear rounds, and work on things that need to be improved. It’s a great place to be to do that.”
The Spruce Meadows Summer Series continues with the ‘Continental’ tournament on June 15-19.
For full results and schedule, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.
Final Results: ATCO Classic 1.45m
1 CENZO: 2007 KWPN gelding by Harley VDL x Cavalier CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ilan Ferder & Tal Milstein: 0/0/35.56
2 CORCEGA LA SILLA: 2004 Holsteiner mare by Casall La Silla x Candillo ANTONIO CHEDRAUI (MEX), Antonio Chedraui: 0/0/36.07
3 ACITA: 2007 Holsteiner mare by Acolord x Calando I NAYEL NASSAR (EGY), Nayel Nassar: 0/0/36.61
4 UP & BLUE CHAPELLE: 2008 Warmblood mare by Chacco Blue LESLIE HOWARD (USA), Peter and Leslie Howard: 0/0/37.11
5 FORTIS FORTUNA: 2005 Belgian Sport Horse mare by Quidam de Revel x Carthago DANIEL COYLE (IRL), Susan & Ariel Grange: 0/0/37.23
6 ATLANTIS T: 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Padinus x Guidam BRIAN MORTON (CAN), Grafton Farm: 0/0/37.28
7 CARNAVAL: 2005 Oldenburg gelding by Chacco Blue x Balou PATRICIO PASQUEL (MEX), Patricio Pasquel: 0/0/37.38
8 WAHRHAFTIGE: 2006 Holsteiner mare by Clearway x Coronado BEN ASSELIN (CAN), Spruce Meadows: 0/0/37.94
9 CHESNEY: 2007 KWPN gelding y Indoctro x Kannan TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC: 0/0/41.18
10 CONTENDROS II: 2007 Hanoverian stallion by Contendro I x Drosselklang II ANDRES AZCARRAGA RIVERA TORRES (MEX), Jaime Azcarraga: 0/4/35.73
11 GEORGIE DAUVRAY: 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Vancouver d’Auvray x Nabab de Reve KARRIE RUFER (USA), Karrie Rufer: 0/4/39.25
12 PARKMORE LUX: 2005 Irish Bred gelding by Lux Z x Cool Corran Cool Diamond HANNA MAURITZSON (SWE), Ritz Fuente LLC: 0/4/40.40