Billy Twomey is on cracking form to score a double in Hamburg

British-based Irishman Billy Twomey was on fire in Hamburg, Germany, to post a double victory.

Winners in the Hamburg Derby in 2016, Billy and Terry Payne’s home-bred Vangelis S 14-year-old Diaghilev are hoping for a victorious return. Eighteen produced clear in this year’s first Derby qualifier, but this on-form pair had the win sewn up, topping the 4* 1.45m by 0.22 sec. Nigel Coupe posted a steadier clear on the Ricardo Z/Clovers Hill 14-year-old Golvers Hill to take 10th.

Second on day one, Billy went one better 24 hours later to guide Eindhoven GH to the top in Hamburg 4* 1.45m. Sam Middleton and Julian Mincher’s Vaillant/Sheraton eight-year-old is flourishing under Billy’s skilful expertise, and the pair topped this two-phase class to win by one whole second.

He relegated William Whitaker and the Last Liberty 14-year-old Fandango into second. Four faults in the second phase dropped Nigel Coupe and Jubilee out of contention and Ben Talbot picked up two time faults in the first phase aboard New Orleans.

Scott Brash jumped into fifth with clear and four in the 5* 1.55m with the For Pleasure 11-year-old Hello Forever – the quickest of the four-faulters in the 14-strong decider.

The first round of this competition counted for round one of the Gobal Champions league and with Miami Glory team-mate, Ireland’s Denis Lynch, winning the class and a Mercedes car on RMF Echo, it put them in a strong position for round two on Saturday.

John Whitaker left all the fences up in round one but a time fault marred Cassinis Chaplin’s round and the nine-year-old finished 17th.

William eased Furmint into eighth in the youngster cup for seven and eight-year-olds, the Ustinov eight-year-old finishing four sec behind the pace.

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