Conor Swail and Dillinger. (Photo © Sportfot)
Richard Jeffery (GBR) set the course for 70 starters in Thursday’s Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 6. Ten entries cleared the first round course to advance to the jump-off where only four jumped double clear.
Laura Kraut (USA) and Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc.’s Constable were first to clear the short course in 42.29 seconds, eventually finishing third. Sayre Happy (USA) cleared the track next with HC Sport Horses’ Ludwig’s Joker B to finish fourth in a time of 44.29. Conor Swail was next to clear the jump-off course with Ariel and Susan Grange’s Dillinger, stopping the clocks in the winning time of 39.98 seconds. Last to go, Peter Wylde (USA) jumped into second place with a time of 41.28 seconds aboard Kathleen Kamine’s Paloma.
Speaking of his jump-off round, Swail said, “One to two was just a nice seven strides for him. The rollback was pretty nice and then the eight strides up to the Liverpool were nice for him. Then just on the landing he had a little bit of a stumble and it made me turn a little late there, but thankfully we still got that inside turn. Then the in-and-out and the last fence he did great.”
Dillinger, a nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion (by Contender x Capitol I), is a horse that Swail has high hopes for.
“He just turned nine years old, so this would be the start of the higher level in his career,” Swail stated. “He is a very good horse. We have had him since he was five years old, and he has been very good basically the whole time we have had him.”
“He jumped his first couple of 2* and 3* grand prix at Angelstone at the end of last year and he jumped clear in five out of the six ranking classes, so he has been very consistent,” Swail noted. “This is probably his first big win, but he has had some good placings. He is a fabulous horse. He is very scopey and very careful. It is what we are all looking for,” he said.
The smaller International Ring at the Stadium was a change for Dillinger, but the young horse proved his versatility and made great turns.
“For a big horse that ring is actually quite difficult, so I think it is a testament to how good he reacted, and I was delighted with him,” Swail said.
Dillinger will jump again in Friday night’s $130,000 Grand Prix CSI 3*, but Swail plans to take his time developing the horse further.
“We have been building him up gradually,” Swail detailed. “He was out a few weeks ago jumping the two 1.45m ranking classes. He had one down with the fastest time in the first class and he was third the next time, so he is slowly improving. I think he is going to be a championship horse. I really do think a lot of him. Whenever he is more comfortable and more ready to jump the bigger jumps, I think he will tell me when he is ready to do that. In the meantime, he is getting good experience all of the time and I never want to over face him too much, so we will keep just going along nicely. Hopefully towards the end of this year he will be doing some pretty nice things.”
In addition to the winning prize money, Swail picked up a $3,000 bonus for wearing SSG ‘Digital’ style riding gloves as part of the SSG Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion.
Final Results: $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 6
1. DILLINGER: 2007 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Contender x Capitol I
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel and Susan Grange: 0/0/39.98
2. PALOMA: 2006 Holsteiner mare by Canaletto S x Henzo de la Brasserie
PETER WYLDE (USA), Kathleen Kamine: 0/0/41.28
3. CONSTABLE II: 2007 KWPN gelding by Harley VDL x Lupicor
LAURA KRAUT (USA), Cherry Knoll Farm: 0/0/42.29
4. LUDWIG’S JOKER B: 2005 Oldenburg gelding by Ludwig von Bayern x Fierant XX
SAYRE HAPPY (USA), HC Sport Horses: 0/0/44.29
5. WAYFARER: 2006 gelding by Languster
PETER LEONE (USA), Lionshare Farm: 0/4/40.27
6. DIRKIE Z: 2005 Zangersheide gelding by Dutch Capitol x Baloubet du Rouet
NICK NOVAK (USA), Nick Novak: 0/4/41.27
7. TNT EXPLOSIVE: 2007 Hanoverian gelding by Tinka’s Boy x Calypso II
CHLOE REID (USA), Live Oak Plantation LLC: 0/4/44.36
8. HOMER DE REVE: 2007 Belgian Warmblood by Nabab de Reve x Heartbreaker
LORENZO DE LUCA (ITA), Stephex Stables & VDB Equestrian Stables: 0/8/38.99
9. CAPALL ZIDANE: 2004 KWPN gelding by Concorde x Baloubet du Rouet
RONAN MCGUIGAN (IRL), Ronan McGuigan: 0/15/55.91
10. STRANGER 30: 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Stakkato x Cheenook
ANDREW RAMSAY (USA), The Stranger Group: 0/17/53.21
11. VEYRON: 2006 Oldenburg stallion by Conterno Grande x Heartbreaker
BEN ASSELIN (CAN), Attache Stables: 1/83.08
12. BE GENTLE: 2006 KWPN mare by Ticallux Verte x Gentleman
LILLIE KEENAN (USA), Chansonette Farm LLC: 1/83.32
Source: Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.