Twomey and McAuley eyeing Global rewards
Irish riders Billy Twomey and Mark McAuley have been making their presence felt over the first two days of jumping at the opening leg of the 2012 Global Champions Tour Series in Doha, Qatar, and will be hoping to take a cut of the €450,000 prize pot on offer in today's GCT Grand Prix. On Thursday, Twomey steered Romanov into fourth in the 1.45m speed won by Frenchman Roger Yves Bost, who was partnering the former Jessica Kuerten ride Castle Forbes Cosma.
The Corkman then brought out his top ride, Tinka's Serenade, for fifth spot in the following 1.50m class won by Spain's Sergio Alvarez Moya and Abab van het Molenhof, while Denis Lynch lined up 10th in this one with his 2008 Olympic horse, Lantinus.
Last night, McAuley was the leading Irishman when seventh with Par Trois in the 1.45m/1.50m jump-off class, again won by the Spaniard and the same horse.
The GCT, during which Denis Lynch bagged over €250,000 in prize money last year, is the most lucrative series in equestrian sport and has expanded to embrace 13 legs this season, including new rounds in Shanghai, Vienna, Wiesbaden and Lausanne.
The Irish will be hoping to get off to the best possible start today as they build up points towards the final in Abu Dhabi in November.
Elsewhere, Irish show jumpers will compete at Tampa in Florida, Arezzo in Italy, Vilamoura in Portugal and Moorsele in Belgium while eventing riders are in action at Burnham Market in England and Dane Rawlins lines out at the international dressage fixture in Stadl Paura, Austria.