Billy Twomey crowns his week at Hickstead with the King George V Gold Cup
Billy Twomey crowned a fantastic week at the Royal International Horse Show, lifting the King George V Gold Cup on Lizziemary.
Forty-eight of the world’s top riders came forward for the feature grand prix, and 13 accessed the jump-off over Kelvin Bywater’s first round track, including Brits Anna Power and Tim Stockdale.
Drawn fifth, Anna and Blazer B put in every effort but couldn’t catch earlier leader, the USA’s Katie Dinan on Nougat Du Vallet, but Tim shaved off more than two sec with Fleur de L’Aube.
However, his dreams of a second King George win – Kalico Bay posted his first win – ended when Bertram Allen knocked off a quarter of a sec with Molly Malone. The lead changed again as the Netherlands Wout-Jan van der Schans took over on Capetown. Shane Breen posted the fastest time of the class, but a lowered rail dropped Golden Hawk to ninth.
But Billy was the man to beat. He’d already clocked up three International wins – the Bunn Leisure Salver on Diaghilev and and the speed classic and Bunn Leisure Vase with Thomas. And he maxed on his final draw to power home on the British-bred mare Lizziemary, coming home with half a sec to spare.
Lizziemary, a Cabri D’Elle mare bred by Mike Dawson and out of the Acord II mare Amanda Lear, a former International grade A, was making her debut in the International arena.
“Ordinarily, horses need to know htat arena, but she’s really brave and has a rangy gallop that covers the ground, so it suits her.”
The mare was originally produced by Emma-Jo Slater for Kim Barzilay, who has a penchant for chestnut mare and talent-spotted her as a six-year-old.
“Emma-Jo has done an unbelievable job and deserves the credit. I was following the mare as a young horse and I have a good relationship with her former owner Kim [from whom Billy bought Tinkas Serenade] and she gave me the horse on sale or return. She’s got another good horse in her yard at the moment, so hopefully she’ll think of me!
“I’m delighted how Lizziemary has performed. I’ve always felt she’s ben knocking on the door, but not quite delivered. I’m very proud she’s managed to win one of the most prestigious classes in the world. I had a good Dublin last week and took leading rider – there’s a lot to be said when you’ve got your tail up and are full of confidence.”
Yazmin Pinchen scored her first International win at Hickstead in the accumulator on the 13-year-old Van De Vivaldi at her last 5* show for a while.
“I’m 13 weeks pregnant, so I’ll stop riding soon, I’ve actually had three wins since I found out,” said Yazmin, who plans to be back in the saddle soon after the birth. Her horses will be turned away while she is on maternity leave.
Switzerland's Werner Muff took second on Daimler 1.73 sec in arrears.
King George V Gold Cup
1 Billy Twomey & Lizzemary - IRE - 0/0 39.46
2 Wout-Jan van der Schans & Capetown - NED - 0/0
3 Lillie Keenan & Sper Sox - IRE - 0/0 40.05
4 Bertram Allen & Molly Malone - IRE - 0/0 40.25
5 Tim Stockdale & fleur De L'Aube - GBR - 0/0 41.91
6 Patrick Stuhlmeyer & Lacan 2 - GER - 0/0 44.11
7 Katie Dinan & Nougat Du Vallet - USA - 0/0 44.38
8 Anna Power & Blazer B - GBR - 0/0 46.40
1 Yazmin Pinchen & Van De Vivaldi - GBR - 65 points 53.61
2 Werner Muff & Daimler - SUI - 65 points 55.34
3 Janne Friederike Meyer & Chloe - GER 65 55.97
4 Catherine van Roosbroeck & Cerise Des Brumes - BEL - 65 57.33
5 Niels Bruynseels & Chief 65 64.34
6 Ruben Romp & Dutch Design - 65 65.83
7 Bertram Allen & Cheese W Z - IRE - 65 67.51
8 Guy Williams & Casper De Muze 57 54.71
Photos © Jumping Around & Hickstead/Craig Payne