80 entries for Ballycrystal on Sunday

By Dan Walsh

The Island Hunt are hoping for a large attendance as they stage the autumn point-to-point fixture at Ballycrystal, Kiltealy, tomorrow where 80 entries have registered for the six-race card. The going is expected to be ‘yielding’ and the first race is off at 2pm.

ROB JAMES rode his 275th winner today.

Rob James and Sean Doyle teamed up to win the maiden race for four-year-old mares with first timer Annabelle Magic in the colours of the Monbeg Partnership at today’s point-to-point races held at Loughanmore in Antrim.

Annabelle Magic made nearly all the running and survived a bad blunder at the penultimate obstacle but was still four lengths ahead of Nt Field Minnesota for the Colin Bowe/Barry O’Neill combination crossing the finish line. Wexford neighbours fighting out the finish there.

From Tomona, Kilanne, James who has victories at the Cheltenham Festival the Scottish Grand National under his belt was riding his 275th career winner 10 years after his first ever success at Tinahely in 2012.

There was compensation for Barry O’Neill later in the day when he scored by six lengths on Ultimate Optimist for handler David Christie in the Winner of Two contest.

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