By Dan Walsh
Tipperary racecourse was the venue for today’s point-to-point action under the auspices of the famous Scarteen Foxhounds and a double for the respective champions, handler Colin Bowe and rider Barry O’Neill, were the highlight on another profitable day for Wexford involvement.
North of Nashville, a newcomer for owner Leo McArdle, got the Bowe/O’Neill partnership off to the perfect start with a three lengths victory in the maiden race for four-year-old mares.
Another newcomer, Chianti Classic in the colours of Benjamin Halsall, showed promising signs for the future with a two-and-a-half lengths advantage to complete the Kiltealy/Ballindaggin double.
The first division of the five-year-old mares’ maiden race resulted in a four lengths victory for newcomer Gaia Du Gouet for Andrew and Paul Pierce, Blackhall Stud, Killurin, and the successful rider was Sean Staples from Duncormick.
Division two of the five-year-old geldings maiden race was won by Revenue Judgement, trained at Lingstown by Johnny Berry for owner Liam Gahan, who had five lengths to spare in the hands of Shane O’Rourke, Foulksmills.
Fresh from competing in yesterday’s Aintree Grand National Jamie Codd returned to the winners’ enclosure today with victory on Jim Dreaper’s Aazza in the mares’ five-year-old maiden contest. Codd made it a double later in the afternoon when Denis Murphy’s Coachman triumphed in division three of the five-year-old geldings’ race. The five lengths winner is for sale.