By Dan Walsh
Two point-to-point meetings today at Kilkenny and Limerick run in atrocious weather conditions, but the highlight was the four lengths victory of High Stakes in the Winner of Two race at the Kilkenny track.
A winner at Ballingarry and Necarne in September, runner-up at Loughamore a week ago, High Stakes is owned and trained by John Edward Walsh, Tinahely, and was the fifth winner of the season for his son, James, who has partnered him in all his races.
Matthew Flynn O’Connor, Ballycrystal, saddled Up For Parol in the maiden race for four-year olds at Damma House who gave an impressive performance winning by 18 lengths under Brian Lawless. A bay gelding by Fleminsfirth, Up For Parol will go to the sales.
The strong team of Monbeg Syndicate, Donnchadh Doyle and Rob James continued their good run of success with Promising Milan, first time out, who came home six lengths to the good in the maiden race for five and six-year old geldings.
Barry Walsh, Ballyday, Gorey, won the Open Novice Riders race on Solomon Grundy, by three lengths, for Ballindaggin handler Sean Doyle. Fifth career winner for Barry Walsh.
The last race of the day was won by Quill Road, owned by Tom Power and Annette Lawlor, trained at Fairwood, Tinahely, by Philip Rothwell, and ridden by Daniel Nevin from Gowran, who was enjoying success in his native county.
At Rathcannon Barry O’Neill won the mares’ maiden race by three lengths on Imitation Game, trained for Henry Chamney, by Richie Rath, Screen. That was the sole Wexford winner at the Limerick track.