Show jumping

Hanley stays on top

Carl Hanley remains top of the standings in Connaught Grand Prix league after Saturday’s second place finish in Tubber just outside Gort. Hanley tops the standings with his horse Kalipso du Marais thanks to his consistent form in the previous five rounds, finishing in the top four in four out of five events. The Peter Glynn owned horse has now accumulated 28 points for the Claremorrris rider.

Eight points behind in second place is Saturday’s Grand Prix winner Damien Griffin with Lissyegan Clover Diamond. The Ballinasloe native had failed to record any points with his strongest horse in the previous two rounds but more than made up for that on Saturday and is very much back in the hunt for the overall title. Leading young rider Michael Duffy performed brilliantly at the south Galway venue on Saturday to finish third on Dusky Clover and move to the top of the young rider rankings. Overall the only other likely challenge to Hanley seems to be Oliver Clarke who is in third on 16 points with The Butlers Pantry Paradise G. Meanwhile in Holland on Friday Alex Duffy jumped for Ireland in the Young Rider European Team Championships recording four faults in the first round and five in the second as Ireland secured joint fourth overall.

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