British-based Irishmen were on top form on day one at Gijon 5*, Spain, Billy Twomey and Anthony Condon outpacing all to take wins.
Billy forged ahead in the feature 1.50m with Diaghilev. Fifty-six contended this hotly-contended two-phase class and Billy’s super-smooth, deceptively fast round on Terry Payne’s Vangelis S 15-year-old took the win by the narrowest of margins, just 0.01 sec.
Fellow Irishman Richard Howley had to settle for second on the nine-year-old Electra B (Arezzo VDL/Paladin). Angelie von Essen slotted Cochella into sixth and Jamie Gornall was also double clear on Carsten to take eighth.
Anthony claimed victory in the 5* 1.40m section B with Friso. Sixty-one tackled this speed class – split because of the huge number of entries – with Anthony easing ahead on the Azteca VDL/Phin Phin eight-year-old to win 0.96 sec.
Julie Andrews slotted Wilando B into ninth and Paul Kennedy was also clear on Destiny Second Life Z for 10th.
Graham Babes jumped to the top in the 27-strong 1* young horse 1.30/1.35m speed with Glencoe, the Chellthago/Numero Uno seven-year-old finishing with 1.32 sec to spare. Helen Tredwell guided the Manhattan/Sir Libero mare NPS Erleena into sixth spot 5.21 sec in arrears and Anthony on King Louise and Trevor Breen aboard Zilton SI Z also posted clears for 13th and 14th places.
Graham also picked up 12th with a steady clear in the 5* 1.40m speed section A on Ecosse, the Berlin 10-year-old finishing 9.38 sec behind the pace. Angelie with Estella and Billy’s Lady Lou also had steady runs out for 19th and 21st.
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