By Dan Walsh
While today’s major action was the Irish Grand National meeting at Fairyhouse the point-to-point fraternity who had been at Loughanmore on Saturday returned to the East Antrim track for the traditional Easter Monday fixture where champion rider Barry O’Neill notched up three winners.
O’Neill had a double success for Fermanagh handler David Christie – Alice O’Byrne in the Winner of One race and Some Man by eight lengths in the Open Race.
O’Neill’s third winner of the day was aboard Near Dark by 12 lengths in the maiden race for mares aged six-years-old or over trained at Ballinakill, Ballycarney by Andrew Latta and sporting the family colours. O’Neill is now on the 45-winner mark, 14 ahead of Rob James from Killanne.
At Cork racecourse today the point-to-point bumper was won impressively by Monbeg Park trained by Sean Doyle, Ballindaggin, and ridden by Jack Hendrick. Three lengths was the verdict.