By Dan Walsh
Champions Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe maintained their winning partnership at today’s point-to-point races at Bartlemy, Co. Cork when Thomas Mor, running in the colours of Mary Fitzpatrick, came home four lengths to the good in the maiden race for five-year-old geldings.
Mark Scallan is having a great season as a handler and his charge Bonnie Derreen, owned by David Byrne, came good in the second division of the maiden race for mares, aged five years or older, by two lengths. This was another fine success for rider Tiernan Power Roche from Tomhaggard who had ‘a big race’ winner in the La Touche Cup at the Punchestown Festival recently.
Bertie Finn, (18), from Monageer rode his fourth winner when Mangan Sue obliged in a close finish – a neck – for Courtown owner/handler Pat Doyle in the Mares Winner of One race.
A double up North yesterday and victory in the first race at Bartlemy today (Sunday) brings the Killanne rider Rob James onto the 270-career winner mark. He was aboard Doh Betty for John ‘Shark’ Hanlon in the maiden race for four-year-old mares and won by two and a half lengths.