By Dan Walsh
Two point-to-point fixtures today at Carrigarostig, Co. Cork, and Turtulla, Co. Tipperary and six Wexford winners emerged with handlers and riders from south Wexford enjoying the lion’s share of the success.
Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe were successful in division two of the maiden race for five-year-old geldings at the Cork venue with a ten lengths victory for Senior Chief in the Milestone Bloodstock Ltd colours. O’Neill went on to record a double and bring his seasonal tally to 25 when winning the Open Race by 16 lengths on the consistent Gordon Elliott trained Mighty Stowaway.
Division one of the maiden race for five-year-old geldings went to the newcomer Western Diego running in the colours of Mary Claire Neville, handled at Cleariestown by Mark Scallan and ridden by Tiernan Power Roche from Tomhaggard. The winning verdict was five lengths.
Earl of Desmond gained a two-length victory in the maiden race for six-years- plus geldings in the colours of Basil Hollan handled at Mayglass by Billy Codd, father of veteran amateur champion rider Jamie Codd. Local lad Jack Hendrick was in the saddle.
At the Tipperary track, Jenny and Benny Walsh from Tomhaggard took the maiden race for five-year-old mares with Autumn Return with one length to spare in the hands of Barry Stone, Tomhaggard.
Another son of Tomhaggard Jamie Scallan was also amongst the winners. He partnered Great Name That for Sean Doyle and the Monbeg Partnership by eight lengths in division one of the maiden race for five year old geldings.
Rob James trained and rode Top Of The List for the Matchmaker Syndicate and was six lengths to the good crossing the finish line in division one of the maiden race for ‘older’ maidens.