By Dan Walsh
Rob James is riding out of his skin with seven wins over the last three point-to-point racing days and a double at Curraghmore, Co. Waterford today brought his seasonal total to eight.
James got the leg up on Blade Runner for Donnchadh Doyle in the maiden race for five-year-old geldings and scored by two and a half lengths. Half an hour later following the maiden race for five-year-olds and older mares he returned Kitty’s Fashion to the winners’ enclosure for Waterford handler Robert Widger. Three lengths to spare.
Donnchadh’s brother Sean Doyle also got on the scoresheet. Is A Real Champ had a four lengths victory in the maiden race for geldings aged six or over with Tomhaggard rider Jamie Scallan doing the steering.
There was also point-to-point action at Tattersalls, Co. Meath, today, and another brace of Wexford winners. Chasing Fire was a winner for Denis Murphy, The Ballagh, and Inch rider Luke Murphy in the maiden race for four-year-old geldings. First time out Chasing Fire had six lengths to spare at the finish.
Cormac Doyle, another of the Ballindaggin clan, saddled Chato Santana in the maiden contest for five-year-old geldings and with Jack Hendrick, Mayglass, in the saddle, took the first prize in a close finish – a neck was the judges’ verdict.