By Dan Walsh
The autumn point-to-point season got off to a successful start at Toomebridge, Co. Antrim, today, providing five Wexford trained winners from six races, and the handler/rider champions Colin Bowe and Barry O’Neill notched up a double in the first two races.
Sheeka Supreme is bound for the sales following a six lengths victory in the four-year-old mares’ maiden race and Waspy got ‘a head’ verdict for the Kiltealy stables in the maiden race for four-year-old geldings.
The along comes Mary Ellen Doyle from Baltimore Stables at Coolgarrow Lane, near Enniscorthy, to win the third and fourth races to record another double.
In the maiden race for five-year-old geldings’ race Haddock De Grissay, ridden by Darragh Higgins, scored by five lengths. A first winner for Cork rider Higgins.
Next Mary Ellen Doyle saddled up Master Splinter in the contest for the Winners of One race and scored by three lengths under Brian Dunleavy. This was Doyle’s 35th training success as she commences her fifth year as a handler.
Sean Doyle, Ballindaggin, added a fifth Wexford winner today when first timer Frankly Fine was awarded the maiden mares race for five-year-olds or over when Kilnoo was disqualified following a steward’s enquiry. The winning rider was Jack Hendrick, Mayglass.