Ireland's Riders in the money at World Cup Showjumping Class in France
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Ireland's Riders in the money at World Cup Showjumping Class in France

Contributed by Jasmine on Feb 10, 2014 - 01:23 PM

Mayo's Cameron Hanley and Cork's Billy Twomey both had success at Bordeaux's five star horse show last weekend.

The Irish riders took fourth and seventh place Cameron Hanley and Billy Twomey had clear rounds first time out, unfortunately Ireland's third World Cup competitor, Tipperary's Denis Lynch, had faults which denied him a shot at the prize money.

Twomey, riding Sue Davies's experienced 17 year-old mare Tinka's Serenade, gave another sparkling performance in the jump-off, but failed to close the six-tenths of a second needed to overtake the eventual winner, Germany's Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW.

Hanley, still in recovery after a long injury lay-off, was last to jump tonight with Eleonore Paschoud and Yves Bouvier's Antello Z, but though leaving all the poles standing, returned a time that was almost four seconds off the pace of the winner, who collected 50,000 euro.

Twomey picked up 15,000 euros for his fourth place, but more importantly gained enough points to put him into tenth place in the World Cup's Western European League, guaranteeing the Cork rider a place in the World Cup final after the final leg in Gothenburg later this month.

Second place at Bordeaux tonight went to Lady Georgina Forbes's 14 year-old mare Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois, ridden by France's Roger Yves Bost.

Later, Cameron Hanley was in the money again at Bordeaux when he took a seventh place in Sunday's Land Rover Grand Prix with the grey Dundee vd Dwerse Hagen on a double clear round, while in Sunday's Grand Prix at CSI3* Graz, Wexford's Bertam Allen faulted once in the jump-off on Molly Malone V to claim an eighth place.

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