Wexford riders in thrilling finishes

By Dan Walsh

Doubles for Barry O’Neill and Rob James were a feature of today’s action at Loughbrickland, Co. Down and they involved two thrilling finishes that concluded in a short-head victory and a dead-heat.

ROB JAMES two wins as a rider and one victory as a handler.

Rob James got into the winners’ enclosure as a handler and rider in the maiden race for four-year-olds with Lost In Transit in the Matchmaker Syndicate colours. The Kiltealy raider got the better of his neighbour – Matthew Flynn-O’Connor’s Issuing Authority (Brian Lawless up) by a head verdict.

Rob James recorded a double in the Open Race when his mount, Mighty Stowaway, trained by Gordon Elliott, dead-heated with David Christie’s Winged Leader with champion rider Barry O’Neill on board.

O’Neill made it a double for the afternoon half an hour later when bringing Definitely Darsi home in front by two lengths in the maiden race for six-year-old geldings and upwards for handler Cian Collins.

Sunday point-to-point takes place at Knockmullen, New Ross, under the auspices of the Wexford Hunt with the first of six races off at 12.30pm. Latest going information is “good, good to yielding in places.” Eighty-six entries.

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