Barry O’Neill rides his 600th winner

By Dan Walsh

Barry O’Neill left wet and soggy Castletown-Geoghegan this evening with a career tally of 601 winners following a treble this afternoon. The four-time reigning champion point-to-point rider is leading the 2020-21 championship with 10 winners so far.

BARRY O’NEILL… rode his 600th point-to-point winner

It was Paul Nolan’s first timer Fire Love who gave O’Neill his milestone 600th victory by half a length in the maiden race for five and six-year-old mares. Nolan has few point-to-point runners these days as he concentrates on the track, but it was at the Toberona House Stables, near Enniscorthy, that O’Neill started out!

O’Neill’s opening winner at the Westmeath track was in division one of the maiden races for four-year olds on Grady Hollow in the colours of Maria Kavanagh, Arklow, and trained at Kiltealy by champion handler Colin Bowe. The winner got home by six lengths in testing conditions with only two finishers.

Barry O’Neill has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Fermanagh handler David Christie, and they shared O’Neill’s third victory of the afternoon when Handy Headon come home ten lengths to the good in the Winner of Two race.

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