By Dan Walsh
For the second Sunday in succession point-to-point action takes place at Lingstown, Tomhaggard, and with a big entry of 144 the first race will go off at 11.30am.
Speculation around the increasing entry indicates that handlers are looking for ‘soft ground’ but that isn’t going to happen at Lingstown this Sunday because the official going is “Good, good to yielding in places’, which is similiar to last Sunday’s conditions. Temperatures should reach about seven degrees and some winter sunshine will brighten up the scene. Wrap up well and enjoy the day!
There are also strong rumours that point-to-points may be on hold for the early part of 2022, but this news has not been officially confirmed. Last year’s fixtures from January to March were lost because of Covid-19.
Sunday’s Lingstown card is as follows;
Race 1 – Peter O’Loughlin 4YO Mares Maiden (22 entries).
Race 2 – Tattersalls NH 4YO Geldings Maiden (48 entries).
Race 3 – Killinick Hunt Club 5YO Mares Maiden (14 entries).
Race 4 – Fintan Carroll & Sons Ltd 5YO Geldings Maiden (30 entries).
Race 5 – Croase Stud Winner of One (12).
Race 6 – Rostoonstown Stud 6YO+ Maiden confined to Novice Riders (18).
Two Wexford winners at Ballindenisk on Saturday. Luke Murphy was successful aboard first timer Top Speed handled by his father, John Murphy at Inch, Gorey, the impressive fifteen lengths winner of division two of the four-year-old maiden race. He goes to the sales now.
Croi Corcra, in the colours of Patrick J. Fortune, Doonooney, Adamstown, won for the second time this season and the third time in five runs, by two and a half lengths for the Colin Bowe/Barry O’Neill handler/rider partnership in the Winner of Two race.