Swail wins opener in New York

IRELAND’s Conor Swail took the honours in Saturday’s $24,000 opening class at the five-star meeting in Saugerties, New York.

The Down rider, partnering Fortis Fortuna, was one of ten to make it into the jump-off, and prevailed by a fraction in the decider in which only a third of a second split the first three places.

American Julie Welles finished second on Virginia WZ, with Columbian Paolo Barrios third on board Chaco 34.

A single error ruled Cormac Hanley and Venus out of the decider in this event, but later in the day, the Mayoman posted a clear round on board Twan in the $250,000 Vetera XP Vaccines Prix, which concludes tomorrow (Sunday).