Francis Connors extended his lead at the top of the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix league, by winning the tenth round of the series at a sun-baked Dungarvan Agricultural Show in Waterford, where once again his winning mount was Hilda Anthony’s Uskerty Diamond Lady.
Francis Connors and Uskerty Diamond Lady on their way to victory in the tenth round of the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix league at Dungarvan Show in Waterford, Photo Sonya Dempsey.
The same partnership had landed the ninth round of the league four days earlier at Newcastlewest and jumping much closer to home in Dungarvan, Kill, Waterford’s Francis Connors collected the winners cheque and Jim Phelan Memorial Cup, in a competition sponsored by John Fennell’s DOE Test Centre in Dungarvan.
Just three of the 21 starters managed to make it through to the second round jump-off, with a large group of ten riders finishing Alan Wade’s first round course with one fence down.
First to go against the clock was junior rider Tommy Harty from the nearby gaeltacht area of Ring in Waterford, riding Helen Harty’s Little Bighorn.
Harty, who is a former Children On Horses European Championships gold medal winning team member, picked up four faults early on in the course at the double, but recovered well to finish on that score in 39.45 seconds to eventually finish in third.
Tomas Doyle from Wexford was next to enter the arena and he posted an impressive second clear round with Ballycapple Mist in a time of 37.22 seconds to take runner-up spot at the finish.
Francis Connors was last of the trio to jump against the clock and he never looked like touching a pole with Uskerty Diamond Lady, coming home clear in 35.61 seconds to take the win.
Patrick Joyce from Killeagh, Cork was the fastest of the four faulters from round one, finishing in fourth place with Piltown S, while Colligan’s Peter Moloney took fifth place with Ballyconnery Wood.
Seamus Hayes collected valuable league points when finishing sixth with Barichello W and now lies sixteen points behind Francis Connors at the top of the table, as the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League moves to Mayville Stables in Cork for round eleven this Saturday, 26 July.
Results – Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League – Round 10 Dungarvan Show Co Waterford 24 July 2014
1. Francis Connors/Uskerty Diamond Lady 0/0 35.61
2. Tomas Doyle/Ballycapple Mist 0/0 37.22
3. Tommy Harty/Little Bighorn 0/4 39.45
4. Patrick Joyce/Piltown S 4/ 71.47
5. Peter Moloney/Ballyconnery Wood 4/ 71.86
6. Seamus Hayes/Barichello W 4/ 72.68
7. Francis Connors/GRC Tadmus 4/ 72.80
8. Darragh Crowdle/ Carnagh Courage Lady 4/ 73.16
3 Into Jump-off
Results – Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League Table – Top Six Following Round 10 – Dungarvan Show 24 July 2014
1. Francis Connors 67 Points
2. Seamus Hayes 51
3. Liam O Meara 41
4. Peter Moloney 36
5. Ethan Ahearne 18
6. Maura Counihan 15