Resounding jump-off for the Irish rider Billy Twomey and the horse Diaghilev at time of 34.86 seconds in getting the first Grand Prix of the year, beating Briton John Whitaker who scored 36.47 seconds. (Photo © liverpoolhorseshow.com)
Under a big party ended CSI4* Liverpool International Horse Show and presented by Equestrian.com the Grand Prix was won for the Irish rider Billy Twomey in a jump-yoff that included 10 classified.
After 31 pairs were presented to the regular round including the retired of 4 favorite for victory were Denis Lynch of Ireland, Italy Piergiorgio Bucci and British Guy Williams and William Funnell, was where the role of the Irish Billy Twomey with the horse Diaghilev (Vangelis S x Handstreich) a 13-years old gelding owned by Mr. C T Payne, marked the fastest time in the jump-off of 34.86 seconds to secure the first major victory of 2016 that earned him 80 points to the World Ranking .
Being in the final five double clear that would complete the Grand Prix, the second place went to Briton John Whitaker at time of 36.47 seconds in the 11-years old mare Ornellaia (For Pleasure x Calato) owned by Management Team Harmony Co LTD, while the third place was the Swedish Peder Fredricson and the horse H&M All In (Kashmir will Schuttershof x Fortune) of Stuteri Arch, recording on the blackboard a time of 37.11 seconds.
The fourth and fifth place went to two representatives from home, with the pair of Robert’s again the protagonists being in the room with the horse Courtney Z (Z x Chellano Major de la Cour) and Robert Bevis stopping the clock at 37.33 seconds and Robert Smith last perfect square would double clear in the fifth with the 11-years old mare Bavi (Balou du Rouet x Caretino) owned by rider in time of 37.70 seconds.