Billy Twomey wins Rolex IRJC top 10 final at Gucci Masters

Top Irish showjumper Billy Twomey have won the Rolex IRJC top 10 final at the Gucci Masters in Paris (2-4 December).

Billy and Tinka’s Serenade, owned by Ed and Sue Davies, became the the Rolex Top Ten Champions.

The competition has the top ten riders in the world go head-to-head over two rounds. The second round is against the clock and all faults count.

“It was a great win, she jumped really well,” said Billy, who is based in Nottingham.

Billy was fault-free in the second round against the clock and won the €58,000 prize ( £49,600). Eric Lamaze was second and Ludger Beerbaum third.

Billy added: “Tinka’s Serenade is good at rollbacks anyway so I knew that was the place to win it – whereas Eric’s horse has got the natural pace.

“It was over quite quickly after that as [last-drawn] Rolf-Goran Bengtsson had the second fence down. I think I was jumping up and down on the podium!

“It’s good to have a different class like that – I was surprised how much interest there was in it. The riders all took it very seriously – it seemed that this was the one they all wanted to win.

“I’m delighted with how my mare performed. It’s a great win for me and everyone involved so I’m very happy.”

Also at the Gucci Masters Hertfordshire based Ben Maher won the CSI***** Prix Le Figaro on Friday (2 December) with 9-year-old gelding Tripple X III

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