By Dan Walsh at Borris House
It was a busy afternoon on the point-to-point circuit with doubles for four Wexford handlers, Ellen Doyle, Cormac Farrell and Michael Goff at Borris House and Donnchadh Doyle saddled a brace of winners at Boulta, Co. Cork.
Ellen Doyle’s Baltimore Stables at Coolgarrow Lane, Enniscorthy, won both divisions of the maiden race for four-year-old mares. Criquette in division one by half a length and Halka Du Tabert by an amazing 45 lengths in division two. Both were having their first outing, and both were ridden by Alex Harney from the Naul in North Dublin.
The maiden race for four-year-old geldings was divided three ways and Cormac Farrell’s Ballypeacus, Bunclody, yard won the first two, both ridden by Mullingar rider Simon Cavanagh. First in was Jet Powered by eight lengths in the first division and Dancing City completed the double by a dozen lengths in division two.
Division three was won by Path D’Oroux – one length was the winning distance- ridden by Liam Gilligan and the first leg of a double for Michael Goff’s Monageer stables. Goff also saddled Goodoldbill, the 15 lengths winner of the maiden race for five-year-olds with Aaron Sinnott, Enniscorthy, in the saddle.
Division two of the five-year-old geldings’ race was won by Colin Bowe’s Gold Emery with James Kenny, Craanford, driving home the gelding to a three lengths success.
Two divides in the maiden race for six-year-olds and upwards. Division one was won by Moral Of The Story, owned and handled by John Hurley, a first winner for rider Nora Walsh from East Cork. Division Two provided local rider Rochelle Murphy with a fine success on Truckers Tangle in the colours of Belinda O’Brien and trained at Belmont, Clonroche, by Daryl Deacon.
The Open Lightweight Race provided Donnchadh Doyle with his third victory of the day – two at Boulta – when Eh Dancer had six lengths to spare with Alan Harney, Kilmacow, in the saddle.
Mallow rider Finian Maguire took the ride on Camilla’s Choice for owner/handler Maike Magnussen and the winner of the maiden race for five-year-old mares.
There were eleven races at Borris House where the organisers were rushing things along at a mighty pace in a bid to finish up before fading light, which they accomplished admirably, ground conditions held up well and there was a fine attendance. A good show from the Carlow Farmers Hunt.
Donnchadh Doyle and Rob James had an afternoon double at the Cork venue. Madmansgame won division one of the maiden contest for four-year-old geldings by three lengths and Grandero Bello added more success with a six lengths victory in the maiden race for five-year-old geldings.