The Irishman Conor Swail topped only 1 hundredth of a second to four-time Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
Irish rider Conor Swail got a very tight win at the $35,000 ATCO Founders Classic, stealing the aspirations of Eric Lamaze from Canada.
The second day of the Masters Tournaments in Spruce Meadows had a full beginning of many emotions, having a photo finish between Conor Swail and Eric Lamaze. Already familiar with the International Ring, Conor Swail was able to dose 9-year-old gelding GK Coc Chanel (Clarito x Lerano) owned by Vanessa Mannix, completing his course in 38.81 seconds and securing 50 World Ranking Points.
Still without knowing victory in this 2017 Masters, the fourth times Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze had to be satisfied to stop the clock 1 hundredths of a second slower in 38.82 seconds than the winner and escort him in second place next to its 11-year-old gelding Chacco Kid (Chacco-Blue x Come On).
Olympic bronze medalist and European bronze medalist Cian O’Connor finished third in a time of 39.85 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Callisto (Quasimodo Z x Jokinal de Bernival), while completing the Top 5 Philipp Weishauop from Germany in fourth place with the 8-year-old mare Call Me Eva (Chacco-Blue x Stakkato) in 40.42 seconds and Japanese Karen Polle with the 9-year-old gelding Kino (Lord Z x Chambertin) did it in 41.38 seconds for fifth place.
Again Yuri Mansur of Brazil was the most outstanding by Latino Ranking, occupying the tenth place next to 10-year-old gelding Inferno (Incolor x Italic des Salines) in a jump-off round of 4 faults and 40.51 seconds.
Best seed this time was three time American Olympic medals McLain Ward finished in 24th place with the 15-year-old gelding HH Carlos Z (Chellano Z x Voltaire) in a regular round of 4 fouls.