Billy Twomey was Ireland’s international winner on day one of the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show, but other Irish riders made there mark with respectable showing with top ten places.

Riding Irish-bred mare Cavinem, Twomey won the Speed Stakes, beating compatriot Conor Swail and Coulthard 2 by just over two seconds, while Alex Duffy took fourth place on Courttown. Cian O’Connor riding his new mount Shooting Star positioned sixth, while Capt David O’Brien and Mo Chroi placed tenth place.


America won the first class of the morning, the Failte Stakes, with Kraut once again showing great speed, this time on the Darco mare Dona Evita, but Capt David O’Brien kept the Irish flag flying with a third place on the Irish-bred Heartbreaker gelding Drumiller Lough, while Trevor Breen took ninth on Andino Z.


The USA’s Laura Kraut took the Sports Council Classic trophy with Blue Angel, while Ireland’s Nicola Fitzgibbon placed fifth with Puissance. Conor Swail was once again in the money with a tenth-place on the eight-year-old stallion Lansdowne.