By Dan Walsh
The Irish point-to-point scene returned yesterday (Saturday) in a temporary format of four fixed races for four-and-five-year olds, geldings and mares, confined to selected race tracks. Cork played host to eight races necessitated by divides and raiders from Wexford won five races.
Racing began with the four-year-old test for mares where leading handler Colin Bowe saddled the first two home – Jenny Flex (Barry O’Neill) beating Harry’s Hottie (James Kenny) by ten lengths.
The four-year-old geldings maiden race was divided. Sean Doyle’s American Mike scored by 20 lengths for the Monbeg Partnership with Jamie Scallan, Tomhaggard, up in division one; and the division two winner was handled by Sean’s brother, Cormac Doyle, winning with Cool Survivor by four lengths with Jack Hendrick from Mayglass in the saddle.
And there was a Doyle family treble on the day as Donnchadh Doyle saddled First Glance to win division one of the five-year-old mares’ maiden race with James Walsh up. It was close with First Glance getting the better of Ramble West (Barry O’Neill) by three-quarters of a length.
Denis Murphy from Ballyboy Stables, The Ballagh, got his name on the scoresheet in division two with the Edelle Logan owned Scarlet Witch, a twelve lengths victory in the hands of Inch rider Luke Murphy.