NINE faults in the first round of the second World Cup Final qualifying competition at Leipzig in Germany today (Friday) left Ireland’s remaining competitor Billy Twomey and ‘Tinka’s Serenade’ in 24th place overall.
But added to his first-day total, the Corkman is now 22nd in the World Cup Final rankings, which qualifies him for a place in the top 25 who go through to Sunday’s concluding two-round competition.
However, carrying 17 penalty points, it is unlikely that Twomey will be in a position to challenge the leaders for the World Cup Trophy. Currently, Germany’s Christian Ahlmann and Marco Kutscher are in joint first place on a zero score, with Dutch rider Gerco Schroder in third place on just one penalty point.
Canada’s Eric Lamaze and ‘Hickstead’ won today’s jump-off competition, and are now fifth in the rankings. The final two rounds take place on Sunday afternoon.