By Dan Walsh
The wet and windy conditions at Ballycrystal today were tough going but some close finishes and competitive racing was the order of the afternoon.
Colin Bowe sent out a 1-2 in the opening maiden race for four-year-olds with the hot favourite Sleeping Satelitte and Barry O’Neill getting home two lengths ahead of the appropriately named Puddlesinthepark with Jimmy Kenny up.
The five- and six-year-old maiden race ended in a hard-fought finish with Rock The Hill in the colours of the Coolbawn Stables Partnership scoring for local handler Robert Tector, saddling his third winner of the present season and the 25th career winner for Mayglass rider Jack Hendrick. Three-quarters of a length separated Rock The Hill from Some Woman taking the runner up spot for the Donnchadh Doyle-Rob James team.
Eoin Middleton from Birr had his first winner on the family owned Well P in the five-year-old maiden geldings’ race. The successful handler was Mary Ellen Doyle from Coolgarrow Lane, Enniscorthy.
The Winner of One race went to Waterford when the Vincent Halley trained Mizuma came home three quarters of a length ahead of the field to record a double on the day for champion rider Barry O’Neill.
Delgany rider Brian Lawless won the last two races to bring his career total to 35, ten of them this season. He won the mares open race on Ifeoinly for Limerick handler Eoin McCarthy (two and a half lengths the verdict) and was aboard Red Ford Lad in the colours of the Glen of the Downs Syndicate and trained by his father, Gerard, who was first time out and won by four lengths in the maiden race for six-year-olds and over.