Howley and Twomey claim share of second at Hickstead
Irish show jumpers stamped their class all over the four-star Hickstead Derby meeting at the weekend, which culminated with Billy Twomey and Richard Howley claiming a share of second place in the feature Derby event yesterday.
The contest was won by Britain's William Whiitaker on Irish-bred Glenavadra Brilliant, which came home with just a single time fault, with Twomey, riding Diaghilev, and Howley on Chinook, getting around with just one fence down apiece.
Dermott Lennon (Vampire), Shane Breen (Acoustik Solo du Baloubet) and Trevor Breen (Loughnatousa W B) all grabbed a share of fifth place.
Howley had given the Irish a good start in the first class of the meeting on Thursday with Verlindo, the pairing winning the Speed Derby Qualifier. Later on Thursday, Twomey, riding the nine year-old gelding Thomas, took second in the Stone Jewellers Vase.
At Monaco, Bertram Allen and Molly Malone took the Prix Massimo Dutti on Friday at the five-star Global Champions League meeting. Yesterday Allen helped his team Valkenswaard United win the leg of the Global Champions League, with two clear rounds on Izzy By Picobello.