Billy Twomey heads straight to a win in Zurich

Ireland’s Billy Twomey jumped straight to the top on day one at Zurich 5*, Switzerland, topping the 1.45m speed with Ardcolum Duke.

Thirty-nine contended, with tenth drawn Billy taking a commanding lead on the 13-year-old Gypsy Duke/Clover Hill stallion. And they remained ahead despite several challenges to win by 1.58 sec from Colombia’s Carlos Enrique Lopez Lizarazo on Cuplandra.

Early-drawn William Whitaker jumped a stylish clear on Baloubet du Rouet/Nabab de Reve 14-year-old Diablesse de Muze for 11th spot.

William posted a nice, easy clear on a look-see in day one’s 1.35m with Ludwig Criel’s flashy Diamant de Semilly stallion Utamaro D Ecaussines. And his uncle Michael Whitaker jumped Cassionato for one time fault and Viking finished on five. Billy stepped the Vaillant eight-year-old Eindhoven GH up to this level and returned four faults. Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer claimed the win in this speed class on the nine-year-old Electric Z.

Brits were out of luck in the 1.55m, William the best with six faults on the Chin Chin 12-year-old Fento Chin S. Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs topped the six-horse decider on Chaplin with 0.33 sec in hand over Carlos lopex Lizarazo on Admara.

Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts added six sec to his time in the Mercedes Benz ride and drive, but it was still fast enought to win by almost two and a half sec with Ustina Sitte.

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