Racing ‘D Day’ for all the Doyles

By Dan Walsh

It was an amazing point-to-point Saturday across the country as five handlers named Doyle shared eight winners between them at Loughanmore, Co. Antrim, and Ballycrystal at the foot of Mount Leinster today with Cormac (2), Donnchadh (2) and Sean (1) from the Ballindaggin family, Mary Ellen (2) from Coolgarrow, Enniscorthy, and Pat Doyle, (1) Thurles, Co. Tipperary, all enjoying ‘D Day’ success.

The rain dampened proceedings for a while at the Ballycrystal track where racing took place under the auspices of the Island Hunt for a competitive seven-race card.

The maiden race for four year olds was divided with division one resulting in a half-length success for the Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe stable with Tamgho Borget just holding off the serious challenge of Unanswered Prayers for Harley Dunne and Donnchadh Doyle.

Jumping action from today’s point-to-point at Ballycrystal

Cormac Doyle saddled his first winner of the season when My Immortal triumphed by two lengths in division two ridden by Jack Hendrick from Mayglass. Simultaneously, Cormac was saddling winner number two up in Antrim with Undersupervision winning the four year old geldings’ maiden race by one length with Tiernan Power- Roche from Tomhaggard in the saddle.

Sean Doyle’s The Forge Hill, a winner at Monksgrange last month won her third race with a brilliant jumping performance in the Open Lightweight Race with Jordan Gainford, Caim, enjoyed a local success.

Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe made it a double on home turf with Gallow Ford in the Winners of One race.

Denis Murphy’s chestnut mare Get Sky High was a one and a half lengths winner of the maiden race for five and six year old mares. The winning rider was Simon Cavanagh. Now in his 15th year of training the Master of Ballyboy Stables, The Ballagh, was registering his 220th victory as a handler.

Pat Doyle from Thurles saddled Flamenco De Kerser in the maiden race for five year old geldings, winning by eight lengths with his daughter, Susie, in the saddle.

The final race was for ‘older maidens’ and a first winner for Ferns rider Gavin Collier aboard Kingston King, by six lengths, trained at Craanford by Liam Kenny.

At Loughanmore, Mary Ellen Doyle had a first and last race double. The Mean Queen, owned by Rodman Moorhead, took the maiden race for four year old mares by six lengths with John James O’Neill up; and the aptly named One For The Yard, a first success for Downpatrick rider Toni Quail, won the race for older geldings.

Rob James and Donnchadh Doyle scored twice. First with Gringo D’Aubrelle by three and a half lengths in the second division of the four year old geldings’ maiden, and secondly, won the maiden race for five year old geldings by three lengths with Our Surprise.

Vincent Devereux made the long journey from Rostoonstown, Tomhaggard, to Loughamore in Antrim worthwhile when home-bred Mr Mantilla won his third race from four runs by one length in the Winner of Two race. The successful rider was Shane O’Rourke, Foulksmills.  

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