Twomey and Swail give Ireland two more victories at the Dublin Horse Show

  • 8 August 2015, 20:03

CORK’S Billy Twomey kicked off another good day for Ireland at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse show with a lunchtime win in the Accumulator class aboard Joe Flynn’s Irish Sport Horse stallion Ardcolum Duke, shading Dutch runner-up Johnny Pals and Urjul van Generhese by just under two seconds on time for the 4,600 euro first prize.

Tipperary’s Trevor Breen also made the top five with a fourth place on Sceilig Sport Horses’s stallion Georgie D’Auvray Ec.

Conor Swail broke through with a win today on Susan Grange’s talented young gelding Simba de la Roque. The Co. Down rider was competing in the The JLT Dublin Stakes jump-off class, and was one of 11 to go clear in the first round.

Swail was fourth to jump in the final round, and set a very fast time of 39.01 seconds, with his nearest challenger, France’s former European Champion Roger-Yves Bost and the mare Sangria du Coty falling short by just under half a second, allowing the Irish rider to pocket the 8,000 euro winner’s prize.

The Land Rover Puissance attracted the usual enthusiastic crowds to the main arena, but Irish riders were unable to deliver a third win to the day’s action, with Egypt’s Sameh El Dahan taking the 12,400 euro prize purse on the fourth jump-off, though riding an Irish Sport Horse, Britt Megahey’s gelding Seapatrick Cruise Cavalier.

Billy Twomey was best of the Irish Puissance riders, finishing third on the third jump-off with Charlotte Flack’s mare Ratina Kan. Venezuela’s Andres Rodriguez took the runner-up prize of 8,500 euro with Caballito, conceding victory to El Dahan when having a refusal at the big red wall on the fourth jump-off.

Conor Swail and Simba de la Roque

Conor Swail and Simba de la Roque