By Dan Walsh
Two point-to-point fixtures yesterday (Sunday) and the Wexford stables were in fine form with Harley Dunne and Denis Murphy recording a fine rider/handler double at East Galway.
They got off the mark with Take No Chances who won the maiden race for four-year-old mares by one length and had ‘a distance’ to spare when Moodofthemoment romped home in the maiden race for five-year-old geldings. Harley Dunne brought his career total of winners to 95.
Colin Bowe and Barry O’Neill shared a winner – newcomer Chapeau De Soleil by five lengths in the maiden race for four-year-old geldings. Bowe’s 35th winner of the season.
Josh Berry, (17), is enjoying a great run of success with A Rated, running in the colours of his parents Shirley and Johnny Berry, Tomhaggard, and recorded three wins in-a-row with a seven lengths victory in the Open Race for novice riders.
And the day ended at the Galway track with a victory for Rob James. He was aboard Ultimate Optimist for Donnchadh Doyle in the maiden race for six-year-olds and over and won by six lengths.
Sunday action at Dromahane also and a dead-heat involving Wexford stables brought an exciting conclusion to the maiden race for four year olds. Marty McFly from the Paul Martin Pierce stables at Blackhall, Killurin, ridden by Sean Staples, and Donnchadh Doyle’s Pride of Erin (Brian Lawless) crossed the line together and the judge couldn’t separate them.
Master Splinter was a winner for Mary Ellen Doyle, Coolgarrow Lane, Enniscorthy, in the maiden race for five-year-old geldings. Brian Dunleavy was the victorious rider, and the verdict was ‘a neck’.
Jonathon Fogarty from Cleariestown saddled Pougne Aminta in the maiden race for five-year-old mares and she ran out an eight and a half lengths winner under Conor Moore. Tenth career winner for Moore from Kilmore Quay, five of them this season.