Cameron Hanley, who rides for the Irish team and is based in Germany, is taking a forced break from competition while recovering from complications following an operation on his cruciate ligaments. A two year break which is proving beneficial to his pupil, Alex Duffy, the winner of the second stage of Les Talents Hermès. The young Irish rider was delighted with his win: "It's just unbelievable to have the chance to compete at this magical venue and winning here is a bonus. I was not expecting it, so I'm really happy. The concept of Les Talents Hermès offers an incredible opportunity to young riders like us because it's difficult for us to get into the biggest competitions. This allows us to gain experience within the context and environment of a major event which will help speed us on our route and, I hope, lead us back to the Grand Palais, but next time for the Saut Hermès."
The fact that Alex has been able to ride Antonello Z in Les Talents Hermès is therefore a little bit thanks to the misfortune of his mentor, Cameron Hanley: "The horse belongs jointly to Cameron and Michael Whitaker and I really appreciate their support. They have contributed enormously to helping me progress in my career. Cameron was riding Antonello Z until he injured his knee. I arrived at Cameron's to help him out and he lent me the horse, which didn't have much experience at the time. He wasn't mature enough for Michael himself to ride in competitions and so that gave me my chance. We progressed day after day together and today we have won this magnificent class."
Top five in the Les Talents Hermes (1.45 with a jump-off):
1. Alex Duffy/Antello Z 0-0 31.55
2. Jan Wernke/Queen Mary 10 0-0 33.71
3. Nicola Philippaerts/Vadetta vh Mettenhof 0-0 34.02
4. Daniel Neilson/Varo M 0-0 35.15
5. Roberto Previtali/Sander 0-0 37.33
Source: Press release from R&B Presse
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