By Dan Walsh
Doubles for handlers Sean Doyle and Denis Murphy and rider Luke Murphy who brought his career total of winners to 50 were the highlights on another good day for Wexford participants at today’s (Sunday) point-to- point at Dromahane, Co. Cork.
The combination of Denis Murphy and Luke Murphy (no relation) got into the swing of finding the post first with newcomer Happy D’Ex by a comfortable 15 lengths in the maiden race for four-year-old mares.
Another newcomer, Sharp Shadow, sporting the same colours as Happy D’Ex made it a Murphy double with a three-quarter length victory in the maiden race for older mares. 50th career winner for 24 years old Luke Murphy from Inch, near Gorey.
Sean Doyle, Ballindaggin, who had a double at Lisronagh yesterday (Saturday) repeated the performance with another double today. Watch House Cross took the maiden race for four-year-old geldings by five lengths with champion rider Barry O’Neill up.
Doyle is on the 99-winner career mark after completing a double with Mortlach, ridden by 20 years old Robbie Jackson from Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, in the maiden race for older geldings. The winning verdict was three lengths and both winners were sporting the Monbeg Partnership colours.
Donnchadh Doyle shared a double with his brother (Sean) at Lisronagh yesterday, but he was happy with a single victory today when newcomer Old Painless, ridden by James Walsh, Shillelagh, on his 10th winner of the current season, came home six lengths to the good in the maiden race for five-year-old geldings.