IRELAND’s Cameron Hanley produced a lightning-fast jump-off round on board Antello Z to snatch this afternoon’s (Sunday) three-star Grand Prix at Donaueschingen, Germany.
The Mayo rider was one of only four from a start list of thirty-three to post a clear round first time out, as the vast majority of riders struggled over the 1m60 course.
The jump-off target was set at a stiff 49.28 by Dutchman Marc Houtzager who went clear again on board Sterrehof’s Ushi.
Hanley and Antello were last to go in the decider, and put in a stunning exhibition of speed and jumping to come home clear with well over a second to spare in 48.04.
Germany’s Jan Wernke on Queen Mary took third in 49.90 – the only other pairing to deliver a second clear round in the event.
It was the latest in a series of impressive performances by Hanley and twelve-year-old Antello, and they take home a purse of 10,448 euro for their efforts.