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Equestrian: Twomey leaves world-class field in wake

BILLY TWOMEY recorded another world-class victory when scooping the €70,000 first prize in the Grand Prix at the 5-Star fixture in Basle, Switzerland yesterday.

Riding the brilliant 14-year-old mare Tinka's Serenade, which he co-owns along with Sue Davies, the 33-year-old Corkman produced a blistering round against the clock to leave many of the biggest stars of the sport in his wake.

Denis Lynch went out of contention in the early stages yesterday when Lantinus left two fences on the floor but, 37th to go in the field of 46 starters, Twomey went clear to join 15 others in the race against the clock.

And his time of 39.59 seconds ensured that Germany's 2010 World Cup champion Marcus Ehning had to settle for runner-up spot with Noltes Kuchengirl, while Portugal's Luciana finished third.

"We've been knocking on the door for quite a while, with top five places, and it was really great today to finally get one in," said Twomey, now No 7 in the world rankings.

Meanwhile at the 2-Star show in Zwolle, Holland, Cameron Hanley won the Medium Tour Speed class with Samar and was joint-second with Complete in a speed class.

And in Abu Dhabi, Cian O'Connor continued his successful tour of the Arab League when third in the two-phase riding Arabella, and third in the Grand Prix Qualifier with Larkhill Cruiser, which finished fifth in Saturday's World Cup competition. Kilkenny's Marion Hughes was runner-up with Crispien in the Mini Grand Prix in which O'Connor was fourth with Arabella.

Irish Independent