By Dan Walsh
Point-to-point action was located north and west this weekend and the Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe team from Kiltealy were successful at both tracks.
Today’s fixture was at Loughrea, Co. Galway where Kansas City Star in the Milestone Bloodstock Ltd colours had a clear 15 lengths to spare for O’Neill and Bowe at the end of the Maiden race for four year olds.
Diese Des Bieffes who was once in the Paul Nicholls stables and was successful at Monksgrange recently did the business again for Monbeg Farm Partnership and Ballindaggin handler Cormac Doyle with Jack Henrick registering his 18th career winner ‘between the flags’. This was in the Open Race and the margin was ten lengths.
The first fixture north of the border took place yesterday (Saturday) at Moira, Co. Down, but yielded only one Wexford winner.
Sweet Auburn, a faller at Monksgrange on her first outing two weeks ago, made no mistake this time in the maiden race for five and six-year-old mares and won by four lengths for the Ruby Ann Syndicate, handler Colin Bowe and rider Barry O’Neill.
Next Sunday’s races are the Shillelagh & District Hunt fixture at Fairwood, Tinahely. Six races – for four year olds, five year old geldings and mares, a Mares Winner of One, the Open Race and the maiden race for six year olds and upwards – and the first is off at 2pm.