Ukraine’s Offel wins 5* Hermes Grand Prix

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Katharina Offel and Cathleen 28
Katharina Offel and Cathleen 28. © Paul Harding @www.lewishardingimages.com

The Ukraine’s Katharina Offel collected €66,000 on the mare Cathleen 28 for the win in  the five star Hermès Grand Prix in Paris, France yesterday.

Germany’s Christian Ahlmann took home €40,000 for second with Taloubet, and Ireland’s Billy Twomey claimed €30,000 for his third place aboard Tinka’s Serenade.

Twomey made the cut for the 11-horse jump off alongside Tipperary’s Denis Lynch, but a pole on the floor by Abbervail van het Dingeshof left the combination in ninth place at the close of play. Ireland’s other competitor,  Jessica Kurten, failed to make the jump-off when the bay gelding Vincente incurred four faults first time out.

Twomey earlier in the day picked up €7600 for a win with his own stallion Romanov in the Prix de la Ville de Paris when he beat Offel and the grey gelding Charlie into second place in the jump-off.

“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,” Twomey said.

French-based Irish rider Jessica Kurten took third place in the speed class at Paris on Friday, riding Stal Poels and James Paterson-Robinson’s bay gelding Vincente.

In the Under-25 classes at Paris, Ireland’s duo of Alexander Butler and the Irish-bred Will Wimble and Alex Duffy with Antello Z placed second in the team competition, with Duffy also winning Saturday’s jump-off competition on the same horse.

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