Pearse Rogan challenges for U21 title

By Dan Walsh

Two Wexford trained horses were involved in a dead-heat in the maiden race for five-year-old geldings at Kirkistown, Co. Down this afternoon.

Point-to-Point action at Ballycrystal (File Pic)

Long time leader Rathmacknee in the colours of the Final Furlong Bloodstock Ltd for Colin Bowe and Barry O’Neill was caught at the finish by Galunggung trained for the Monbeg Syndicate and Ballindaggin handler Donnchadh Doyle and Pearse Rogan (19). The judge failed to separate the pair and declared a dead-heat.

Rogan from Caim added a second winner of the afternoon on Creadan Grae by four lengths for Helen and Peter McBurney in the Open Race for novice riders.

This brings Pearse Rogan onto the seven-winner mark with Liam Gilligan for the under 21 riders’ championship with only tomorrow’s fixture at Grennan, Co. Kilkenny, left of the 2020-21 season. Michael O’Sullivan from Mallow and Sean Staples, Duncormick, are both one behind on the six-winner mark, so it is all to play for amongst the four talented riders.

Jack Hendrick, Mayglass, was aboard Getalady for owner/handler Peter Flood for a two and a half lengths victory in the maiden race for five-year-old mares’ and over.

Craanford handler and rider Liam and James Kenny were successful with Ranger Kid by three-quarters of a length in the maiden race for ‘older’ geldings in the Big Zeb colours of Gorey owner Paddy Redmond.

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