27/07/08 AN INJURY put Co. Down's Conor Swail out of action for a good deal of this year, but he returned to winning form at the two-star international show in Tattersall's, Co. Meath with a Grand Prix win on Glen Leddy's 'Gold Digger' this afternoon (Sunday).
The 36 year-old rider was overjoyed with his victory and said afterwards: "This puts me back in the game as far as the Premier Series league is concerned. This is the eighth leg but as far as I can see it's all to play for now. I'm a happy man today."
Swail, who is marrying his American fianceÃ© Chrissie Kerrigan in November, will no doubt hope to improve upon his current seventh place in the league over the next two rounds in August - at South County Dublin, and at the Millstreet final, where points-and-a-half will be available to placed riders.
Twenty year-old Benny Kuehnle returned from Prague's European Young Rider Jumping Championships, where he finished 11th, to take the runner-up spot in Meath today on 'Brigade CS', while Trevor Breen cemented his pole position in the Citroen ShowJumpingIreland Premier Series with a third place on James Costigan's 'Always Cullohill', an exact repeat of his performance at the last Premier Series outing in Balmoral two weeks ago.