Twomey's Tinka pipped at post after Ninja La Silla shows great turn of foot
Published 21/01/2012 | 05:00
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.