By Dan Walsh
With no point-to-point racing due to Civid-19 restrictions Horse Racing Ireland secured a small number of point-to-point bumpers and when the first day’s action was run at Punchestown this afternoon, there was plenty of Wexford success.
Colin Bowe and Barry O’Neill won both races for four-year-old geldings with the favourites, Ernest Gray (5/2 jt-fav) and Last Quarter (7/4 fav) for owners Milestone Partnership and John Brennan. Both are for sale.
There were two races for five-year-old geldings and both brought victory to Wexford stables. Jet Of Magic scored by four lengths for Denis Murphy, Ballyboy Stables, The Ballagh, with Jamie Codd up, while the father and son team of Liam Kenny (handler) and James Kenny (rider) from Craanford enjoyed a one and three quarter lengths success with Green Vault (14/1). The winning owner is the Kennys neighbour Gavin Kinch.
And the five and six-years-old geldings race brought about a second win on the day for Jamie Codd aboard Wall of Fame (5/6 fav.) for Meath handler Denise Foster.
A point-to-point bumper card is scheduled for Bettyville Park on Saturday, March 20th where plenty of local interest will be on display. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 protocols no spectators are permitted to attend at this time.