Hayes Wins Another Round of Munster League

Tipperary’s Seamus Hayes scored his third Munster Grand Prix win in-a-row, after another brilliant performance aboard Tina Mc Dermott’s Chipolini VMZ, this time at the Cork Summer Show, where they collected the winners prize and in the process Seamus Hayes joined his rival Francis Connors at the top of the league table.

Having won the last two rounds of the series at Tallow and Clonmel, along with another victory earlier this year at Middleton, Hayes took on the largest start-list in this year’s series and collected the winners rosette after a nine horse jump-off.

Tina McDermott’s seven-year-old stallion Chipolini VMZ (Cassini II x Heartbreaker), who landed the Tallow Gymkhana a week previous, was again in faultless form, stopping the clock clear in 44.25 seconds.

Co. Waterford’s Tadhg Beecher took runner up spot with Tim Beechers Loughnatousa Blakeney Crannagh, a nine year old gelding who won the opening round of the 2013 Munster Grand Prix league at Ballylawn Show.

Beecher finished fractionally ahead of another Waterford rider Peter Moloney, who kept his consistent run of points scoring rounds going with a third place finish aboard Ann Foran’s Ballyconnery Wood.

Surprisingly league leader Francis Connors finished outside the prizes and with ten points on offer for a win, Seamus Hayes has now joined Connors at the top of the table with both riders now on 47 points.

Liam O’ Meara remains in third with Peter Moloney close behind in fourth.

Newcastle West in Co Limerick will host round nine of the series on Sunday 20 July, before the action moves to Dungarvan Show on Thursday 24 July.

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