The Mayoman was the first to go clear in the opening round, a feat matched by only four other competitors from a top class international field of thirty-nine.
Second to go in the jump-off, Hanley and the 11-year-old mare, owned by Patrick Mielnik, produced a second superb round of jumping, but could not catch the time of Sweden’s Douglas Lindelow on Casello, whose effort was subsequently overhauled by Germany’s Christian Ahlmann who took top spot. Another German rider, Patrick Stuhlmeyer slotted into third on Lacan, leaving Hanley just a place off the podium
Ireland’s other competitor in the event, Denis Lynch, was ruled out of the jump-off having picked up eight faults in the opening round with Abbervail van het Dingeshof.
Yesterday (Saturday) Hanley claimed a victory at the meeting when partnering his own Antello Z to success in the Winning Round class.