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Billy Twomey first foreign winner of Hamburg Derby in 19 years

Monday, 09 May 2016
CSI3* Hamburg 2016

It takes a brave rider and horse to win the Hamburg Derby; here Billy Twomey and Diaghilev. Photo (c) Stefan Lafrentz.
It takes a brave rider and horse to win the Hamburg Derby; here Billy Twomey and Diaghilev. Photo (c) Stefan Lafrentz.

Irish rider Billy Twomey was the first non-German rider in 19 years to win the prestigious Hamburg Derby. Aboard the 13-year-old Diaghilev (Vangelis S x Handstreich), Twomey moved on to the jump-off as one of the nine riders on four faults from round one. With a clear round, and a time of 49.96 seconds Twomey was the fastest against the clock and made it into the history books following Hugo Simon as the last foreign rider to take the victory. 

British rider Nigel Coupe finished as runner-up on the Irish gelding Golvers Hill (Ricardo Z x Clover Hill), almost two seconds behind in the jump-off while the best German jumper was Andre Thieme on Voigtsdorfs Quonschbob (Querlybet Hero x Caletto II). Janne-Friederike Meyer, who is also the defending champion of the DKB Riders Tour, was fourth with Cellagon Anna (Asca x Contendro I).

The derby was the second leg of the 2016 DKB-Riders Tour, which now sees Andre Thieme on top of the standings with a total of 28 points. 

 


Text © World of Showjumping // Picture © Stefan Lafrentz

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