AT Gijon in Spain, Twomey had already taken a win with ‘Diaghilev’ in the 1.50m two phase on Wednesday, August 29. He added a second victory on Saturday (September 1), when he guided the nine-year-old gelding ‘Kimba Flamenco’ to the fastest clear in the 1.60m jump-off, while Galway’s Michael Duffy finished fourth with ‘Casis’.
It was Ireland’s fourth win of the week in Gijon, with Limerick’s Paul Kennedy and Waterford’s Anthony Condon adding to Irish success, while Michael Blake’s Irish team finished joint fourth in the Gijon Nations Cup.
Memorable five-star win for Howley
Sligo’s Richard Howley has scored one of the biggest wins of his career, coming out on top in the €150,000 five-star Grand Prix at the Spanish Nations Cup show in Gijon on Sunday, September 2.
A hugely competitive jump-off saw 13 riders go forward to the second round, but none could match Howley’s winning clear in 59.86 seconds with the 10-year-old mare ‘Dolores’, who is owned by Morgan Kent.
Richard Howley was crowned Leading Rider of the Show after also winning Saturday’s Accumulator competition with ‘Cruising Star’.
Irish riders lead the way in Brussels
Meanwhile at the Brussels Stephex Masters in Belgium, Tipperary’s Denis Lynch finished sixth in the €300,000 Rolex five-star Grand Prix with the 10-year-old gelding ‘The Sinner’. Victory went to Germany’s Marcus Ehning with ‘Comme IL Faut’.
Lynch was crowned Leading Rider of the five-star classes at the show, while Waterford’s Peter Moloney was also the Leading Rider in the three-star competitions. Both Irish men collected brand new STX 2 Horses Trucks, which they will keep for one year.