By Dan Walsh
Monageer handler Michael Goff and Pat O’Rourke from Silverspring, Bridgetown, each recorded a double success at Tipperary point-to-point today (Saturday) where seven of the eight races were won by Wexford stables.
Michael Goff got off the mark with newcomer Daily Present winning division one of the four-year-old geldings’ maiden race by four lengths with Joey Dunne in the saddle. Goff’s regular rider Shane Fitzgerald recently turned conditional on the track but the young Dunboyne lad proved an able replacement.
Goff’s double came in division one of the maiden race for five-year-old geldings with Great D’Ange by six lengths with Liam Gilligan, (19), up. Both Goff’s winners ran in the colours of his wife Caitriona.
The O’Rourke family from Silverspring, owner Phyllis, trainer Pat and their son, James O’Rourke in the saddle, also enjoyed a fine double victory. It began with Whatsstoppingyou by a neck in division two of the five-year-old mares maiden and continued with Cosmic Outlaw by one and a half lengths in division four of the maiden race for five-year-old geldings. James O’Rourke has now ridden 70 career point-to-point winners.
Pierce Power from the Hook saddled the winner of the four-year-old auction race. Newcomer Merry Maker by three lengths with Foulksmills rider Shane O’Rourke firmly in control.
Another newcomer Anyharminasking kept the Monbeg Syndicate and Donnchadh Doyle flag proudly flying with a narrow success in the second division of the maiden race for four-year-old geldings. The verdict was ‘a head’ and a victory for Tinahely rider James Walsh.
Mary Ellen Doyle’s Baltimore Stables at Tomgarrow, near Enniscorthy, took the second division of the five-year-old geldings maiden race with newcomer Gandhi Maker by six lengths. A winning ride for Barry Stone from Cleariestown.
Colin Motherway is back in his native Cork after a number of years in the Blackwater area and he saddled Paddy’s Plant to an eight lengths victory in division three of the maiden test for five-year-old geldings. The winning rider was Jamie Codd.
In other Wexford point-to-point news bad luck to Jamie Scallan (24), who has suffered a broken wrist and is expected to be on the sidelines for the rest of the season. The Tomhaggard rider picked up the injury in a first fence fall at Fairyhouse on Saturday week.