By Dan Walsh
Ballindaggin handler Donnchadh Doyle and his young rider from Caim, Pearse Rogan, and his brother Sean Doyle all achieved double success on today’s (Saturday) point-to-point card at Lisronagh, Co. Tipperary.
Phantom Getaway got the Doyle/Rogan success under way in the maiden race for four-year-old geldings by four lengths. Er Dancer scored by two and a half lengths in the Novice Riders race to complete the brace. Both were victorious in the popular Monbeg Syndicate colours.
Pearse Rogan doubled his score to four career winners, all achieved in the current season, having had his first ride for Jim Bolger at Leopardstown in the summer of 2018. Veteran Bolger, from Oylegate, who will be 80 next Christmas Day, also had a memorable day winning the first UK classic of the season – the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket with the home-bred Poetic Flare (16/1).
Donnchadh Doyle’s double landed him on the 20-winner mark for the season, ten behind Colin Bowe in the Irish Point-to-Point Handlers’ Championship.
Donnchadh’s brother, Sean Doyle was also in the number one spot twice. He saddled Rae Des Champs to win the maiden race for four-year-old mares by ten lengths for the Monbeg Partnership with Liam Gilligan in the saddle.
He followed up in division one of the mares’ maiden race with the Sean Howlett owned Set In The West by three and a half lengths ridden by Tomhaggard rider Tiernan Power Roche who was racing recently in the UK. Sean Doyle’s 11th winner of the current season.
Denis Murphy’s Ballyboy Stables, The Ballagh, enjoyed a winner too – Chase Outlaw by one and a half lengths in division two of the maiden race for five-year-old geldings’ ridden by Luke Murphy, Inch, Gorey.