CORK’S Shane Sweetnam continued his run of sparkling form at five-star Spruce Meadows, Canada on Sunday when he claimed the runner-up place in the show’s main feature event – the World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix.
With fence heights maxing out at 1m60, the 31 year-old Cork rider piloted Spy Coast Farm’s stallion Amaretto Darco through two clear rounds, but was beaten to the 33,000 dollar winner’s prize by just eight tenths of a second when US rider Ashlee Bond streaked across the line in the jump off on board the 15 year-old Holsteiner gelding Cadett 7.
Sweetnam nevertheless collected a prize purse of 20,000 dollars to add to his considerable haul at the Rocky Mountain venue over the last four days.
Again with Amaretto Darco, he finished third early on Saturday morning in the Duncan Ross Cup jump-off competition and also claimed a third place on Thursday in a speed class on board the stallion Cyklon, as well as taking second with the mare Esquina Can Klapshut in a 1m40 competition on the same day.
On Friday he notched up a win in the jump-off class with Spy Coast Farm’s mare Everlychin de la Pomme, and saw fellow Irish rider Richie Moloney and the Irish Sport Horse Slieveanorra take seventh place in the same competition.
Also at Spruce Meadows, Ireland’s Darragh Kerins took a fourth place yesterday with Hot Wheels in the 1m45 Jump Off class.
In France, meanwhile, Co. Down’s Conor Swail finished third in the Grand Prix at the three-star show in Canteleu with his new mount Martha Louise, while in the two-star Grand Prix at Grenoble, Declan McEvoy and Coco Bongo missed out on the winner’s prize by a single time fault.
In Driving, Ireland’s Barry Capstick won the horse pairs class at Sandringham in England this afternoon.