By Dan Walsh
Today’s point-to-point fixture at Borrsi House survived three inspections, the latest at 8am, attracted a large entry, three races were divided to make it an 8-race card and Killanne rider Rob James won four of them equalling his amazing success at Lingstown recently.
The maiden race for four-year-old mares was divided; Sanda Rena, ridden by Luke Galligan for Sean Doyle, Ballindaggin, took the first division with two lengths to spare and the judge repeated the winning margin for division two where Miss Oreo triumphed for Rachel O’Neill and John ‘Shark’ Hanlon, Bagenalstown, to give Rob James his first taste of success on an extremely cold afternoon.
Another ‘divide’ in the maiden race for four-year-old geldings and Rob James was aboard both winners for Ballindaggin handler Donnchadh Doyle. Iorangi De L’Isle sailed in by two lengths in division one and Welcom To Carties did it much easier, by sixteen lengths, in division two. James didn’t need to change his silks, both sporting the familiar colours of the Monbeg Syndicate.
James consolidated his four-timer on the Colin Bowe trained Clody Flyer by two and a half lengths in the first division of the maiden race for five- year-old geldings. James has now ridden 10 winners in three racing days and is on the 15-winner mark, five below the champion Barry O’Neill.
Robert Tector who trains at Coolbawn, Rathnure, saddled Killybegs Jet Lady in the mares five-year- old maiden race and the George Murphy owned mare won impressively by 18 lengths with Jack Hendrick, Mayglass, in the saddle. It was Hendrick’s 40th career winner.
The Noeleen and Liam Kenny team from Craanford also got their names on the results sheet when Gray Rock came home five lengths to the good in the six-year-old and upwards race. Another well deserved success for Inch, Gorey, rider Luke Murphy.