Ireland’s Billy Twomey, claimed first prize in the €200,000 Longines King George V Gold Cup following an amazing week at the Longines Royal International Horse Show.
This historic class saw 48 world class riders come forward, but only 13 riders including Anna Power and Tim Stockdale go clear in the first round over Kelvin Bywater’s course.
Although Shane Breen riding Golden Hawk had the fastest time of the competition, his time was not enough for him to take the win as he got four faults. But last drawn was Billy Twomey, the man to beat with three international titles under his belt this week. Having won the Bunn Leisure Salver with Diaghilev, plus the British Speed Classic and the Bunn Leisure Vase with Thomas, Billy rode his chestnut mare to victory taking his fourth win, the Longine King George v Gold Cup.
“I'm just delighted how this mare performed - I've always felt she’s been knocking on the door, but not quite delivered. I’m very proud that she’s managed to win one of the most prestigious classes in the world,” says Billy Twomey.