For the second time this season, Francis Connors and Uskerty Diamond Lady proved unbeatable in the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League, this time at Aglish Gymkhana in West Waterford where spectators were treated to a thrilling edge-of-the-seat climax to a brilliant jump-off.
Eight horses and riders made it through to the second round after course builder Anne Waistell got the balance just about perfect in the round one and Francis Connors set the early target when clear in 47.56 seconds with Capitol Cruise. Cork’s Alan O Regan then really set the jump-off alight knocking a massive seven seconds off the target with Electric Feel and they would eventually hold on to finish fourth.
Peter Moloney from Colligan in Dungarvan then produced a superb clear round with the Pat Duggan owned mare Ribanbelle Tame and their time of 38.79 seconds looked almost unbeatable. Seamus Hayes was next to go and he produced a great effort with Jerry Sweetnam’s striking grey Corphin, finishing clear in 40.14 seconds to move into second.
However a competition is never over when Francis Connors is left to jump and just as he has done so many times in the past, the Waterford rider kept his composure on the way to a stunning clear in 37.92 seconds to win with the Hilda Anthony owned Uskerty Diamond Lady who was bred by John Doyle of Uskerty Horses Ireland.
The Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League now moves to Midleton in Cork for the fourth round on Sunday, 24 May, with Francis Connors and Uskerty Diamond Lady on top of the table with 20 points.
Result – Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League – Aglish Gymkhana, Waterford – 17 May 2015
1. Francis Connors/Uskerty Diamond Lady 0/0 37.92
2. Peter Moloney/Rinanbelle Tame 0/0 38.79
3. Seamus Hayes/Corphin 0/0 40.14
4. Alan O Regan/Electric Feel 0/0 40.44
5. Francis Connors/Capitol Cruise 0/0 47.56
6. Anthony O Regan/Velvet Blackjack 0/5 54.84
7. Peter Moloney/Ballyconnery Wood 0/8 42.62
8. Seamus Hayes/Barichello W 0/8 45.01
8 Into Jump-off