Billy Twomey was just a tenth of a sec off winning Dublin’s speed championship with the 12-year-old stallion Ardcolum Duke, but he had to concede defeat to fellow Irishman Shane Sweetnam on Cyklon.
Neverthless, the second place added to a win earlier in the week earned Billy the leading rider award.
Laura Renwick slotted MHS Washington into seventh with a steadier clear 11 sec off the pace. Robert Smith added 12 sec to his time to take 15th on the eight-year-old stallion Ilton.
Ireland filled the top four here, with Bertram Allen in third on Quiet Easy 4 and Capt Geoff Curran on Shannondale Rahona in fourth.
Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca continued on his stunning form in Dublin – he had already notched up three wins – to take the Longines Grand Prix on Ensor de Litrange LXII.
A tough track sorted the 40 starters and only four accessed the jump-off, Lorenzo taking victory by 0.63 sec. Hickstead’based Shane Breen came so close on the Vigo D’Arsouilles 11-year-old Golden Hawk with the only other double clear for second.
The USA’s Audrey Coulter took third on Capital Colnardo with Ireland’s Cian O’Connor fourth aboard the ultra-scopey Good Luck. Britain was out of the running, with best Brit Laura Renwick on eight faults for 22nd with Heliodor Hybris.
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