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Show Jumping Result : IJM Timberframe Grand Prix League - Swail Storms Through At Ballina

ANOTHER demonstration of grace under pressure by Conor Swail earned him the winner's rosette at the Super League show in Ballina today (Sunday).

With Andrew Dunlop leading the field with <Cruz Forever>, and with Swail's other horse collecting eight faults in the first round, the Malahide-based rider was last to jump on <Drumagoland Flight> and once again shaved fractions of a second off his predecessor's time, much as he had done at Ennis yesterday (Saturday).

An elated Swail, who now sees his score in the IJM TimberFrame Grand Prix league break through the magic 100 barrier, said afterwards: <It was a strong, technical track, and the ground was good, and I am absolutely delighted to win here today. The horse was magnificent.>

Brian Henry's course left only two first round clears (Swail and Dunlop), with many horses falling foul of the combination at Fence 4, and the IJM TimberFrame planks at Fence 6 also proving difficult for most.

After the first round, a decision was taken to allow the top 25 per cent through to the jump-off, which produced five riders in total, facing a course of eight fences.

Peter Smith and <Zara's Pride> were unlucky to have Fence 2 down in the first round, and also collected a time fault in the jump-off, to take third place today, while Shane Breen and <Luandra> took fourth with a four and a twelve. Sandra Duffy, who had put so much work into the organising of today's event, saw her horse <World Cruise> slot into fifth, despite rider Breen collecting four faults in the first round, and a total of 20 in the second, which included a run-out and 17 time faults.

Conor Swail brought up the rear of the top six at Ballina, with <Conduct>, who had eight faults in the first round, and did not qualify for the jump-off.

Swail adds 13 points to his IJM TimberFrame League total today, as he has now jumped in the maximum number of Grand Prix, and must now start shedding some of his lower, earlier scores. His total of 15 Super League points was therefore reduced by two points.

RESULT: BALLINA Show Super League Grand Prix 1m50
Fiachra Barrett Memorial Grand Prix - sponsored by Declan Barrett

Sunday July 11, 2004
Venue: Ballina Co. Mayo
Prize Money: 5000 Euro

1) Drumagoland Flight (Owner Samuel McQuade); Conor Swail Faults 0/0
Time 50.06
2) Cruz Forever (Owner Andrew Dunlop); Andrew Dunlop Faults 0/0 Time
3) Zara's Pride (Owner Edmund Simpson); Peter Smyth Faults 4/1 Time
4) Luandra (Shane Breen); Shane Breen Faults 4/12 Time 51.18
5) World Cruise (Owner Sandra Duffy); Shane Breen Faults 4/20 Time 75.20
6) Conduct (Owner Knightfield Equestrian); Conor Swail Faults 8/- Time

18 starters, five through to jump-off

Rankings after BALLINA Show Super League Grand Prix
Ballina, Co. Mayo, Saturday July 10, 2004

1) Conor Swail 112 points
2) Shane Breen 89 points
3) Harry Marshall 67.5 points
4) Peter Smyth 59 points
5) John Floody 50.5 points
6) Lt David O'Brien 40 points


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