Waterford’s Paul Beecher moved back to the top of the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League, with a stunning win in the 15th round of the series at the Limerick/Clare Branch Show in Crecora on Sunday.
Just a few weeks previously, it had looked as though reigning champion Francis Connors was beginning to pull away at the top of the table, but a brilliant run of results by Tallow-born Beecher and the eight year-old Danqu means they now hold a seven point lead over Connors and Capitol Cruis.
Beecher and Danqu produced the only double clear round of the contest, where just three combinations made it into the jump-off. Conor McMahon finished as runner-up with King Lux after having one fence down against the clock, in a faster time than David Moran and Derg Showtime who came home in third.
Nicolas Connors and Lantino 31 had the fastest four fault score from the opening round to finish fourth, with Maura Counihan (Killerisk Minnie) in fifth and Ronan Costello (Annestown Clover Concorde) in sixth.
The Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League now moves to the Limerick Show on Sunday, 28 August for the 16th round of action, following which just two rounds will remain at the Munster Show and Banteer.
Results – Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League – Limerick/Clare 21 August 2016
1. Paul Beecher/Danqu 0/0 43.89
2. Conor McMahon/King Lux 0/4 42.94
3. David Moran/Dreg Showtime 0/4 45.09
4. Nicolas Connors/Latino 31 4 faults 72.56
5. Maura Counihan/Killerisk Minnie 4 faults 73.16
6. Ronan Costello/Annestown Clover Concorde 4 faults 74.33
7. Maura Counihan/Coral Du Carel 4 faults 75.71
8. Nicholas Connors/Just Jump 4 faults 77.23
Three into jump-off
Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League Table 21 August 2016
Paul Beecher/Danqu 67 points
Francis Connors/Capitol Cruis 60 points
Paul Beecher/Loughnatousa Eric 52 points
Francis Connors/Uskerty Diamond Lady 45 points