By Dan Walsh at Lingstown
Winter sunshine welcomed a good attendance to the point-to-point action at Lingstown, Tomhaggard, today, where Ballycrystal, Kiltealy handler Matthew Flynn-O’Connor and Delgany rider Brian Lawless notched up a fine double in the opening two races.
The maiden race for four-year-old mares was won in fine style by Deeply Superficial who had ten lengths to spare at the finish. Flynn-O’Connor said afterwards; “She won very well. She is a nice mare, and we think an awful lot of her. She is for the sales.”
Half an hour later and the Flynn-O’Connor/Lawless partnership were in the winners’ enclosure again following Stay Away Fay’s six lengths success in the maiden race for four-year-old geldings. The Ballycrystal handler has brought his seasonal tally to four.
Sean Doyle, Ballindaggin, had a great afternoon with two winners. He saddled Is A Real Champ to win the Winner of One race by two lengths with Jamie Scallan, Tomhaggard, enjoying his 21st career success and at his local track too!
Doyle was at Lingstown today, but his five-year-old Lucky Max (7/4 fav.), running in the colours of his brother, Donnchadh, was winning on the track at Cork with two and three-quarter lengths to spare in the Fermoy Handicap Hurdle ridden by Jack Foley.
The maiden race for five year old geldings resulted in a fifteen lengths victory for Grand Soir for Pat Doyle’s Tipperary stables with Killanne rider Rob James in the saddle.
The maiden race for five-year-olds went to Magheroarty Star for handler Stevie O’Donoghue from Araglin, near Fermoy, and the winning rider was Darragh Allen.
Kate Darwen, (20), from Athlone will remember her visit to Lingstown for a long time after recording her first winner on Ballycurrane Boy by sixteen lengths in the maiden race for six-year-olds and upwards confined to novice riders.
It was a good day’s racing and Killinick Harriers had the track and surroundings in excellent shape.