The recent Dublin International Horse show proved, once again, to be memorable for Arigna’s Joe Flynn as he saw his horse, Ardcolum Duke enjoy a week to remember at the RDS.
Last year, Ardcolum Duke and rider Billy Twomey finished second in the speed derby but this year went even better as they emerged triumphant in last Thursday’s Clayton Hotel Speed Derby, beating the competition of 18 other combinations.
Cork native Twomey finished ahead of the Irish dominated chasing pack in the speed derby which was worth €24,600.
It proved to be a busy week for both rider and stallion with a number of successes over the course of the duration of the Dublin International Horse Show.
The week began on Wednesday last with the Speed Stakes with Billy and Ardcolum Duke finishing fourth in a time of 53.85 secs with Irish Olympian Cian O’Connor emerging victorious in a time of 51.92 onboard Aramis 573.
Thursday proved to be the most successful day of the week as Billy and Ardcolum Duke emerged victorious in the Speed derby with a time of 84.70 secs ahead of Shane Sweetnam on Cyklon who had a time of 85.84 secs.
The dual between the pairings of Billy Twomey and Ardcolum Duke and Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon continued on Saturday in the Accumulator with Shane emerging victorious while Billy had to be content with fourth place.
Ardcolum Duke’s interest in the Dublin Horse Show came to an end for another year on Sunday last when the stallion was partnered once again by Billy Twomey in the Speed Championship.
However, they were edged into second place by the Shane Sweetnam/Cyklon combination who were one tenth of a second faster.