There’re off at Monksgrange

By Dan Walsh

The 2021-22 point-to-point season gets into its stride at Monksgrange, Rathnure, tomorrow (Sunday) for the Bree Hunt races with the first of six races off at 2pm. There are eighty-eight entries.

The track has was spiked with watering during the week and the going is described as “good.”

BARRY O’NEILL double today at Oldcastle. Rides at Monksgrange tomorrow.

To gain access a QR code must be presented at the gate. Everyone, even minors, will require their own individual QR pass.

Attendees are advised to have a QR pass ready for screening at the entrance gate to avoid any unnecessary delays. If using the QR on your mobile, please ensure that it is enlarged on your screen when presenting it at the entrance.

If you develop any symptoms of Covid-19, please do not attend the point-to-point and consult your GP for medical advice. Usual admission charges will apply at the gate.

Today’s action took place at Oldcastle, Co. Meath and was the first time in 18 months that spectators was allowed, and the fixture opened with a Wexford winner.

Champions Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe teamed up to win the first race of the season – the four-year-old mares maiden race – with first timer Reddys Island in the colours of the Milestone Bloodstock Ltd by one length. Afterwards, Colin Bowe described Reddys Island as “a smart mare who will come on plenty for the experience.”

The O’Neill-Bowe partnership had a second winner in Subtle Robin, a three-quarters of a length victory in the five-year-old mares maiden race. The Kiltealy champions will be hoping for more success at their local track tomorrow afternoon.

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