By Dan Walsh at Tinahely
Champion rider Barry O’Neill and handler Denis Murphy each enjoyed a double at the Wicklow Hunt fixture at Fairwood, Tinahely, today.
Team Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe were winners in the maiden race for four-year-olds when Boston Town secured a seven and a half lengths victory when beating stable companion Captain Butler (Bertie Finn) by seven and a half lengths.
“He is different class,” stated Barry O’Neill following a 35 lengths victory on Samcro who lead the field all the way in the Open Lightweight Race to record his third victory ‘between the flags’. Double for O’Neill on the day and 20 wins to his credit this season.
Tullow owner and handler John Redmond saddled Inthemeantime, bred at Newtownbarry Stud by Clody Norton, to a nine lengths success in the maiden race for mares of five years and upwards with Shillelagh rider James Walsh up.
Garcon Dargent has “plenty of ability” according to handler Denis Murphy after coming home ten lengths clear of the field with Jack Hendrick, Mayglass, in the saddle in the maiden race for five- and six-year-old geldings.
The Ballagh handler added another success with Chatshow Host scoring by eight lengths in the Winner of Two Mares Race ridden by Luke Murphy, Inch, Gorey. Bred by the successful rider’s family Chatshow Host is “starting to mature. She is getting stronger and will win plenty of races,” said handler Denis Murphy who achieved a double on the day.
Hastobedone owned by Tom Power and Annette Lawlor and trained by John Patrick Walsh at Ballyday, Gorey, won the maiden race for six-year-olds and upwards by two lengths. A winner for Dan Nevin in a race confined to novice riders.
There was also a point-to-point at Turtulla, Co. Tipperary today where Ellen Doyle, Coolgarrow Lane, Enniscorthy, saddled first timer The Jukebox Man, the seven lengths winner of the maiden race for four-year-old geldings with Brian Dunleavy in the saddle.