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Cameron Hanley claims third place in Monaco

Updated: Sunday, 29 Jun 2014 12:50 | Comments

Cameron Hanley won bronze in Monaco
Cameron Hanley won bronze in Monaco

An excruciating time fault on his second round put Mayo's Cameron Hanley and the mare Living The Dream out of the jump-off in the sixth leg of the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Monaco, but it still gave him third place overall.

Picking up a substantial €45,000 for his two jumping rounds, Hanley said: "I was very pleased at Living The Dream's outstanding performance tonight and I'm looking forward to competing her next at Aachen, her first time there."

The nine-year-old mare, owned by Cameron Hanley Showjumpers, was brought on from a five year-old by the Irish rider and was one of the youngest horses competing at the prestigious Mediterranean venue, where it was also one of only three horses not to leave a pole on the ground.

A punishing course saw only two combinations from a starting field of 46 go completely clear in the first two rounds, and in the resulting jump-off Qatar's Bassem Hassan Mohammed and the 12-year-old mare Victoria beat Sweden's Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and the 15-year-old stallion Casall ASK by just under a second.

The winner collected €100,000 while the runner-up took home €60,000.

Hanley, who is 41, sustained a severe knee injury in 2011 which kept him out of the saddle for almost two years and required a total of 17 operations to restore him to fitness.

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