A double bill of action last weekend in the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix league saw victories for Waterford’s Paddy O’Donnell in Dungarvan and Galway’s Jessica Burke at Maryville in Co Cork.
Dungarvan Agricultural Show was celebrating it’s 100th anniversary and the Grand Prix turned into a Waterford dominated affair as riders from the Deise filled all of the top five places. Former Irish National Champion, Fenor’s Paddy O’Donnell scooped the winners prize after he produced the fastest clear in the jump-off with Minority Report. A brilliant round from O’Donnell and the 15-year-old gelding saw them finish almost three seconds faster than Aglish-born runner-up Tholm Keane with Future Storm. Kill Co Waterford’s Francis Connors maintained his push for the overall league title with a third place finish aboard Capitol Cruis. Tholm Keane also filled fourth place with Highly Efficient, while Francis Connors guided Newmarket Clare Lady into fifth. Cork’s Colin Hannan and New Jewel completed the top six.
The Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League moved to Maryville in Co Cork two days later where Galway-girl Jessica Burke raced to victory with Clonguish Vivaro. Burke and the eight-year-old gelding had a second to spare over Kilkenny’s Ger O’Neill in runner-up spot with Silent Joter. Reigning Munster Grand Prix champion Paul Beecher finished third with Asti, while Nicolas Connors and Lantini slotted into fourth. Co Kerry’s Maura Counihan finished fifth with Killerisk Minnie, while Madeline Roberts Allen and Daroento VDL came home in sixth.
Francis Connors and Capitol Cruis have now edged in front at the top of the league table, with Timmy Doyle and JS Bucks following close behind in second.
With the Dublin Horse Show and Millstreet International now on the horizon, the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix league takes a break before the penultimate round of the series at Cork/Kerry Show on August 20th. This will be followed by Dualla Show in Tipperary on August 27th.
Result – Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League – Round 11 – Dungarvan Show, Co Waterford 27/07/2017
1st Paddy O’Donnell/Minority Report 0/0 33.70
2nd Tholm Keane/Future Storm 0/0 36.51
3rd Francis Connors/Capitol Cruis 0/0 38.14
4th Tholm Keane/Highly Efficient 0/0 39.56
5th Francis Connors/Newmarket Clare Lady 0/0 40.36
6th Colin Hannan/New Jewel 0/4 46.65
7th Cathal O’Regan/Lux’s Swan 0/4 51.62
8th Richie O’Hara/Killbunny Vassili 0/4 4 52.20
8 in jump-off
Result – Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League – Round 12 – Maryville, Co Cork 29/07/2017
1st Jessica Burke/Clonguish Vivaro 0/0 41.20
2nd Ger O’ Neill/Silent Joter 0/0 42.39
3rd Paul Beecher/Asti 0/0 42.55
4th Nicholas Connors Lantini 0/0 43.41.
5th Maura Counihan/Killerisk Minnie 0/0 44.80
6th Madeline Roberts Allen/Daroento Vdl 0/0 49.54
7th Nicholas Connors/Abordable Du Talus 0/0 50.40
8th Susan Fitzpatrick/Fellow Castlefield 0/0 51.06
15 in jump-off