Prix de la Ville de Paris - Billy the Quick!

The first six riders in the same second: a truly incredible jump-off!

Saut Hermès au Grand Palais, Sunday 18th March 2012 - 74 hundredths of a second separated the two Irish riders Denis Lynch and Billy Twomey in the jump-off of the Prix de  la Ville de Paris! However, because he finished just a small hoof's distance behind, Lynch had to settle for sixth place in this class, which was won by Billy-the-quick and his all-purpose horse, Romanov, who is 14 years old.

This chestnut horse can do everything: hold his own in the Irish team for the Nations Cup, which was won by the "Greens" in La Baule last year, or finish on the podium in a Grand Prix such as Leipzig, during the 2011 World Cup final, where he finished second....and also win a 1.45m jump-off at the Grand Palais: "I am especially happy for my horse, because he has not been jumping so well recently. He is coming back into form and has won the jump-off here: everything is going great."

Before finally taking control of the class, the first place had been held by the Ukrainian rider Katharina Offel (Charlie) who had just taken a tenth of a second of the time set by Marcus Ehning (Sabrina) and RogerYves Bost (Nikyta d’Elle), the joint  leaders who had finished within the same hundredth of a second! As we said, it  was just incredible. But Twomey, who improved the time by 34 hundredths, had the last word: "I didn't ask myself if it was possible to beat all those riders, I just had to try, that's all there is to it. It's always important to win a class in a "five star" competition, but this is a competition unlike any other, that’s for sure. In any case, I really like Paris; the city brings me luck."

This was an allusion to his win last December in the final of the Top 10 in Villepinte where he was riding Tinka’s Serenade, the same horse he will be using later today for the Grand Prix Hermès.

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