Good day up North for Wexford raiders

By Dan Walsh

The Northern point-to-point season opened today (Saturday) at Necarne, Co. Fermanagh, with two Wexford trained winners – Fern Arable for Denis Murphy, Ballyboy Stables, The Ballagh and High Stakes for John Walsh, Tinahely, who was winning for the second successive week to make it two victories from two runs.

Fern Arable was first time out in the mares’ maiden race and went on to score by nine lengths for Gorey rider Luke Murphy and handler Denis Murphy (no relation) to open their account for the new season.

High Stakes was up against two other contenders in the Winner of Two race, but both fell, and High Stakes, who won his maiden at Ballingarry last Saturday on his debut for owner/trainer John Walsh of Preban, Tinahely, gave James Walsh, (29), his 50th career success.

Donnchadh Doyle, Ballindaggin, saddled his 190th career winner with the Monbeg Syndicate’s Er Dancer winning the geldings’ maiden contest by nine lengths to give Ross Foley, Bagenalstown, his first winner.

JORDAN GAINFORD… a winner today at Necarne, Co. Fermanagh

Jordan Gainford, from Caim, won the maiden race for four-year olds on Bold Endeavour for Antrim owner/handler Warren Ewing. It was an easy victory. Bold Endeavour went clear after the first fence and stayed well ahead of the field, and clearly had everything beaten a mile from home!

Winged Leader won his fourth race in a row for local trainer David Christie, Enniskillen, with Barry O’Neill in the saddle. Fifth success for the champion rider. The winning verdict was just one length in the Open Lightweight Race.

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