Mark McGowan made the best use of the Black River fences in Simmonscourt to return six of the 16 finalists in the jump-off in the RDS national young rider 1.25m championship.

Noelle Barry’s beautiful first clear round on Norway Venture signalled them as one of the favourites as the jump-off got under way. Tim McDonagh and Beaute van Herikhave unfortunately took the wrong course. Emma Murphy and the nine-year-old bay mare Apache Van De Lange Vos were also eliminated after two refusals.