By Dan Walsh
Today’s point-to-point action was at Portrush, Co. Derry where champion rider Barry O’Neill notched up a treble success for three different handlers. There was also a victory for Rob James.
O’Neill took the opener for four-year-old maidens with first timer Zefiro Dodville by one and a half lengths. The winner will have a career on the track.
The same verdict gave O’Neill his second success of the day, half an hour later, when Castle Daragh from Paul McAleese stables took the maiden race for five-year-old geldings.
And winner number three on the day for O’Neill was aboard Vaucelet by half a length for Fermanagh handler David Christie in the Open Race.
Rob James had an easier time winning by eight lengths on Beauty To Behold for owner Gearoid Doyle and handler Sean Doyle in the maiden race for five year old mares.
The first point-to-point races of the new season in the South-East takes place tomorrow (Sunday) under the auspices of the Shillelagh and District Foxhounds at Fairwood, Tinahely.
First race at 2pm, 71 entries, and an interesting entry in the Open Race is Samcro from the Gordon Elliott stables!