Sunday 26 February 2017

Twomey's Tinka pipped at post after Ninja La Silla shows great turn of foot

Louise Parkes

EQUESTRIAN

Billy Twomey was pipped at the post on Tinka's Serenade in last night's World Cup Preliminary competition in Leipzig, Germany, where European Champion and world No 1 Rolf-Goran Bengtsson from Sweden, came out on top.

With 17 clear rounds it was going to take a super-fast tour of the track to secure a place on the podium, and Sue Davies' 15-year-old mare galloped through the finish in 59.9 seconds to keep the Irishman in the frame.

But the diminutive 17-year-old Ninja La Silla, the horse that clinched Olympic silver for the Swedish rider in Hong Kong four years ago, showed he still has a great turn of foot when breaking the beam more than a second faster to clinch pole position and the winner's prize of a brand new car.

Twomey, who picked up €16,500 for second place, is joined at the German venue by both Denis Lynch and Trevor Coyle -- the latter a winner on Thursday with Jubilee D'Ouilly.

Lynch lies second in the World Cup standings going into Sunday's qualifying leg at Leipzig which has attracted a stellar cast.

Meanwhile, Jessica Kuerten missed out in the feature event in Amsterdam last night with a first-round error from API Largo.

Irish Independent

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