Irishman Billy Twomey and Diaghilev winners of the CSI 5* Longines Grand Prix in La Coruna. (Photo © Manuel Queimadelos)
There was great expectation for the Longines Grand Prix, one of the most expect class of the weekend, and this did not disappoint, with a full flood in Casas Novas.
The first phase of the Grand Prix was very competitive, with up to 8 riders qualified for the jump-off, including the Spaniards Pilar Cordón and Manuel Fernández Saro.
In the tiebreaker the Irishman Billy Twomey, who left last in this phase, was made with the first position with Diaghilev in time of 38.38 seconds. It was the finishing touch to a competition that lifted the audience from their seats. The Irishman already took this year the prestigious Longines King George V Gold Cup.
On the podium of the class the winner was accompanied, secondly, the Italian Alberto Zorzi, who present with Fair Light van’t Heike and stopped the clock just a few tenths after the first in 38.64 seconds. Zorzi has completed a great year, with his recent win at the Oslo World Cup. The third position was for the Austrian Max Kühner with Cornet Kalua in 40.28 seconds. The rider was second in one of the competitions of the CSI 5* Vienna.