By Dan Walsh
Three point-to-point fixtures today and Wexford winners at all three. The first four races at Rathcannon, Co. Limerick came Wexford’s way with Tomhaggard rider Tiernan Power Roche enjoying double success.
Power Roche won by two and a half lengths on newcomer Doyen Star for Cleariestown handler Mark Scallan in the four-year-old maiden race. Scallan’s 10th success as a handler and five of them have come this current season. Half an hour later and Power Roche won on another newcomer Jack Burke, owned and handled by Harley Dunne, who went to Doneraile and enjoyed success there, in the maiden race for five-year-old geldings.
Iorens, having her first outing, was a five lengths winner for Sean Doyle, Ballindaggin, in the maiden race for four-year-old mares with Jamie Scallan, Tomhaggard, in the saddle.
Enniscorthy rider Aaron Sinnott was also amongst the Limerick winners. He partnered Katie Dalie for Balincollig handler Con McSweeney in the maiden race for five- and six-year-old mares and took the spoils by three and a half lengths.
While Harley Dunne was celebrating a handler’s success in Limerick, he was riding Croke Park for Denis Murphy, Ballyboy Stables, The Ballagh, in the four-year-old gelding’s maiden race at Doneraile, Co. Cork. The verdict was one length. A nice cross card double for Dunne who is enjoying a good season.
Michael Murphy, Redbridge Stables, Duncormick, also saddled a Doneraile when Look To The West was ridden to victory by Michael Sweeney in the maiden race for four year old mares contest.
Hero of yesterday’s Scottish Grand National, Rob James, went to Doneraile today and while in the frame a few times he left without a victory, however, Ballybeg Boss gave James a winner as a handler in the maiden race for four year olds in Castletown-Geoghegan. Brian Dunleavy was in the saddle and the verdict was three lengths.
One other Wexford success at the Westmeath track. Storminhome in the colours of Noeleen Kenny, handled by Liam Kenny at Ballydarragh, Craanford, and ridden by James Walsh, Tinahely, achieved a one and a half lengths victory in the maiden race for five-year-old geldings.