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Ireland win Belgian Nations Cup

Updated: Saturday, 01 May 2010 19:30

Billy Twomey
Billy Twomey

Cork's Billy Twomey and Tinka's Serenade produced a fault-free round against Australia's four-faulting Chris Chugg to snatch the Belgian Nations Cup trophy.

Only Nations Cup rookie Alex Duffy and Tampa failed to produce a
clear round for Ireland, but as the discarded score Duffy did not jump in the second round, leaving Denis Lynch, Shane Breen and Billy Twomey to bid for glory.

All three produced clear rounds and the zero score left them tying for first place with Australia, a situation rectified by Twomey's third
clear round in the jump-off.

Team Manager Robert Splaine said: ‘This was a top display from our riders, and to finish on a zero score was a great achievement. It was a tough competition, and the Australians fielded a very strong team.

'We were here to try out some new horses with the Meydan Series in mind, and the exercise was highly successful from that point of view.’

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