Twomey streaks to narrow victory in French speed class

  • 31 July 2015, 16:41

CORK’S Billy Twomey pulled off a narrow victory over Canadian Olympic gold medallist Eric Lamaze at the five-star show in Dinard, France this afternoon (Friday).

Riding the now almost legendary 18 year-old mare Tinka’s Serenade, which Twomey owns jointly with Sue Davies, the Irishman saw Lamaze and the much younger 12 year-old mare Fine Lady S set the lead with a scorching time of 71.02 seconds when 12th to jump of the 46-strong field.

No other combination came anywhere close to Lamaze’s time until the experienced Twomey, 39th to jump, shaved a crucial tenth of a second off the Canadian score to collect the 15,375 euro prize and relegate Lamaze to runner-up.

Third place went to Belgium’s Jerome Guery and Papillon Z, who came home over three seconds off the pace of Twomey and Tinka’s Serenade.

Ireland's Billy Twomey, aboard Tinka's Serenade.

Ireland’s Billy Twomey, aboard Tinka’s Serenade.