Article Date: 02-December-2011
IRELAND'S Billy Twomey won the coveted Rolex Top Ten Final trophy in a two-round competition at the five-star show in Paris, France, on Friday night, collecting €50,000 in prize money and a Rolex watch worth €8,000.
The 34 year-old Cork rider piloted Sue Davies's chestnut mare Tinka's Serenade and were one of just two combinations to deliver a double clear round, beating Canada's world number one rider Eric Lamaze and Coriana van Klapscheut by a fifth of a second.
Ireland had two riders in the class, which was open to the top ten riders in the Rolex World rankings present at the show, and Tipperary's Denis Lynch took seventh with Thomas Straumann's 11 year-old gelding Abbervail van het Dingeshof, who went clear for him in the first round, but dislodged three fences in the second. Lynch won €10,000 for his place.
Twomey and Lynch are joined at the Paris Gucci Masters by Mark McAuley, and all three will have their sights set on Sunday's Gucci Grand Prix, where the combined prize money jumps to €300,000, with the winner taking home €75,000.
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