Waterford’s Paul Beecher and Kerry’s Maura Counihan completely dominated the second round of the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League at Kingdom County show in Tralee on Sunday.
Between the pair they filled all of the top five places, with Tallow-born Beecher taking the winners prize with Danqu. The eight-year-old gelding by Ustoniv, who is owned by Seryna Van Kuelen, posted the winning time of 31.38 seconds in a seven horse jump-off.
Jumping on home soil, Maura Counihan finished as runner-up with Coral Du Carel, just over a second behind the winners time. Beecher also filled third place with Loughnatousa Eric, who was one of three double clear rounds, while the Waterford rider also took fourth place with Loughnatousa Zidane.
Maura Counihan grabbed another share of the prize fund when finishing fifth with Dicksgrove Silver, while Patrick McNamara slotted into sixth aboard Master Holiday.
The third round of the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League will take place at Aglish Gymkhana in Waterford this Sunday, 15 May, with Paul Beecher on top of the league table with 16 points, ahead of Francis Connors in second.
Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League – Kingdom County Tralee Kerry 7 May 2016
1. Paul Beecher/No 26 Danqu 0/0 31.38
2. Maura Counihan/Coral Du Carel 0/0 32.74
3. Paul Beecher/Loughnatousa Eric 0/0 34.58
4. Paul Beecher/Loughnatousa Zidane 0/4 32.11
5. Maura Counihan/Dicksgrove Silver 0/4 34.48
6. Patrick McNamara/Master Holiday 0/4 35.65
7. Maura Counihan/Killerisk Minnie 0/6 47.57
8. Anthony O’Regan/Velvet Blackjack 1/
20 starters, 7 into jump off