Ryan records second Irish win at five-star Basel

  • 11 January 2015, 16:27

TWENTY-nine year old Tipperary rider Thomas Ryan recorded Ireland’s second victory at Basel’s five-star show in Switzerland today (Sunday), when he outpaced a 47-strong international field to collect the 6,000 euro winner’s prize.

Ryan, piloting Aschwanden Simone’s grey stallion Caribo, was third-last to go and spectators were on their feet as he shaved a fifth of a second off the leading time previously set by Brazil’s Marlon Modolo Zanotelli and the 11 year-old mare Malou.

The following two riders – Switzerland’s Edwin Smits and Germany’s Christian Ahlmann – were unable to match the Irishman’s finish, leaving Ryan as undisputed leader of the class.

Cork’s Billy Twomey also finished in the top ten with a sixth place on the Irish Sport Horse Ardcolum Duke. Twomey had chalked up Ireland’s first win at Basel on Friday with the same horse.

Thomas Ryan and Caribo

Thomas Ryan and Caribo


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