By Dan Walsh
Three winners for Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe, a double for Rob James and the 200th career winner for Ballindaggin handler Donnchadh Doyle made for plenty of local highlights at today’s Wicklow Foxhounds point-to-point at a showery Fairwood, Tinahely.
Fashion’s Model got the O’Neill-Bowe winner machine into gear with an impressive three lengths victory in the maiden race for four-year-old mares. The grey Flemensfirth mare was running in the Milestone Bloodstock Ltd colours.
Gallopongray, owned and bred by Maria Kavanagh, Arklow, supplied winner number two for the champions by six lengths in the maiden race for five and six-year-old mares.
Winner number three for O’Neill-Bowe, who are now on 30 wins and 20 wins, respectively, came in the maiden race for five and six year old geldings and a runaway 15 lengths success for Pay The Piper in the Milestone Bloodstock Ltd colours.
Donnchadh Doyle saddled his 12th winner of the current campaign and his 200th career winner in 11 seasons training as Guily Billy came home well by four lengths in the maiden race for four-year-old geldings in the Monbeg Syndicate silks. This was the first leg of a double for Rob James.
Rob James’ double came aboard Some Man for David Christie who lead from flag fall to finish for a five lengths victory depriving Barry O’Neill (on Kruzhlinin) of a four-timer in the Open Lightweight Race.
The final race of the day for novice riders went to Mullingar and Michael’s Pick, trained by Dot Love and ridden by Timmy Love, Meath, by one length.
There was also point-to-points at Thurles today and just one Wexford trained winner. First timer Ake Bomaye in the Baltimore Stables Syndicate colours was a three lengths winner for handler Ellen Doyle, Coolgarrow Lane, Enniscorthy, and Cleariestown rider Barry Stone.
Racing took place yesterday (Saturday) at Loughbrickland, Co. Down, there were no Wexford trained winners from a small number of runners although Barry O’Neill and Jamie Codd rode a winner apiece.
Jamie Cood was aboard Lasparas for Ballymena handler Jamie Sloan winning the maiden race for five year old geldings by seven lengths, while the regular team of Fermanagh handler David Christie and Barry O’Neill prevailed with Ask D’Man by eight lengths in the Winner of Two race.