By Dan Walsh
The final fixture of the 2021-22 Northern Ireland point-to-point season took place at Broughshane in Antrim yesterday (Saturday) and Wexford rider Rob James made the road trip worthwhile with two winners bringing his seasonal total to 24 weeks with only a handful of fixtures before the season ends.
James was aboard Some Man for David Christie in the Open Race and the distance was two and a half lengths. In the final race, for geldings aged six and over, James scored by two lengths on Royal Juniper by two lengths. The Killanne rider will be runner-up to Barry O’Neill in the National Point-to-Point Riders’ Championship having enjoyed a great season with the Scottish Grand National in April being the highlight.
Matthew Flynn O’Connor who trains at Ballycrystal, Kiltealy, had his seventh success of the season, his best in five years of training, when A Man Of Her Own won the mares maiden race (five years and over) for rider Brian Lawless.
The northern region riders’ championship title was won by Barry O’Neill with 17 winners for the season.