Third Liverpool Grand Prix Win for Billy Twomey
Irish titan Billy Twomey won the TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Grand Prix for a remarkable third time in five years after an exhibition of world-class showjumpjng at the M&S Bank Arena.
Billy, one of the most consistent Irish riders of his generation, followed Liverpool grand prix wins with Diaghilev in 2015 and 2016 by scooping a £26,000 top prize.
He triumphed in the jump-off on Kimba Flamenco by almost two seconds from 18-year-old British prospect Jack Whitaker, riding Elucar V.E. and British Tokyo 2020 Olympic hopeful Holly Smith, who was third aboard Hearts Destiny.
Course designer Alan Wade’s brilliant track tested every combination in a 31-strong field, with just six making it through to the jump-off.
And Billy showcased all his experience to preserve an amazing record of every Liverpool grand prix either being won by himself or fellow Irishman Shane Breen.
“To win the grand prix three times here is amazing,” Billy said.
“My horse jumped fantastic. He has been close to doing something in the last couple of shows, and finally it has paid off for me and him here.
“I am delighted for the owner and everyone involved with the horse. A win always helps everything.
“He is an extremely talented horse. He has won a CSIO five-star grand prix in Falsterbo, so he is winning at every level, which is good.
“The course builder is probably the best course builder on the planet. He made it difficult enough that it wasn’t a giveaway to anyone. You needed to jump the course. It wasn’t a rat-race.
“In the jump-off, I tried to put it up to the rest of the riders. Sometimes, when you go early, you don’t really know, but thankfully I held on to clinch the win.”
We caught up with Kim Barzilay owner of Kimba Flamenco who owns Kimba stud ,
Cody is a Homebred horse, he’s was bred at kimba Farm stud, he is out of Emma-Jo Slater’s favourite mare, a mare called Uttah Van Het Indihof who was a prolific winner for Emma and she was by Heartbreaker. We have had five maybe six foals out of her and he (Kimba Flamenco) was the first. We have a field full of them coming through which is very very exciting and we have a full sister to Cody (Kimba Flamenco) as well who is rising three next week so a very nice editing prospect.
Tell me more about how this horse was produced;
The horse was produced by us with Emma Jo at home which is Kimba Stud. Emma took him to the Horse of the Year Show for the fox hunter final 7yr old talent seekers final and the grade c final and did very will. Emma is not one for going abroad all the time and so for that reason all my top horses get passed on to Billy and he does a very good job with them.
What are the plans now for this horse?
Well Billy has talked about wanting to go to florida! Maybe Leipzig in a few weeks. We have jumped a couple of World Cups on him and he was clear jumping last week in Madrid with just one time fault so we got a few points for that so we would like to get a few more points for a World Cup Final so thats the plan.
It was also a memorable night for Jack, son of British Olympian Michael Whitaker, who collected almost £16,000 for his efforts.
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Praising his horse, Jack said: “The feeling he gives when he is jumping is unbelievable. When he can get everything together like he did tonight, he doesn’t touch a fence.
“It’s a massive end to the year. The last few months, we have been a bit unlucky with one fence down here and one fence there, but he has come good tonight.”