By Dan Walsh
Three point-to-point fixtures yesterday (Easter Sunday) and Wexford winners across the board. Not surprising the best strike rate was in the neighbouring county of Waterford where Curraghmore held centre stage.
Matthew Flynn-O’Connor from Ballycrystal was the owner and handler of first timer The Gooner who won the maiden race for four-year-old geldings with 12 lengths to spare in the hands of Wicklow rider Brian Lawless.
Michael John Murphy who trains at Kilmore saddled Smart Lady (Micky O’Connor up) in the maiden race for mares of five years and over and ended up in the winners’ enclosure.
Michael Murphy from the Redbridge Stables, Duncormick, saddled Dream View in the maiden race for geldings, six years old and plus, and with Alex Harvey in the saddle came home two and a half lengths to the good.
Gorey rider Luke Murphy won the confined maiden race on Master Campbell for Richard O’Hara who trains only a few fields away from the Waterford course. And another Wexford rider Shane O’Rourke won on Scamallach Liath for former Kilkenny star hurler turned owner/handler Kieran Purcell.
In-form Harley Dunne was amongst the winners at Quakerstown, Co. Clare. He was in front all the way on Noplacetobe for Paul Pierce, Blackhall Stables, Killurin and enjoyed a five lengths advantage on the line in the maiden race for five and six-year-old mares.
Racing also at Oldcastle, Co. Meath. Fortunate Soldier was a winner for Gorey hotelier and businessman, Paddy Redmond, in the maiden race for four-year-olds. Ridden by James Kenny and trained by his father, Liam Kenny at Craanford, it was a six lengths success.
The Scallans down Cleariestown way also had a day to remember following Notkeepinyagoing’s incredible 45 lengths victory in the maiden race for five and six year old mares for Laura Scallan (owner), Mark Scallan (handler) and Jamie Scallan (rider).