The first point-to-point fixture of 2023 got underway in Ballindenisk, Co. Cork, this afternoon (Sunday) and champion rider Barry O’Neill marked the occasion with two winners to bring his seasonal total to 22 winners and maintain a six-winner lead over his neighbour Rob James.
Larkfield Legacy, owned and bred by James Brennan, Killanne, scored a one length victory in the maiden race for six-year-olds and over, to give O’Neill his second success of the day. This was a handling success for Richie Rath, Ballybawn, Screen.
Earlier O’Neill teamed up with owner/handler Gearóid O’Loughlin when first timer Native Speaker romped home 20 lengths to the good in the maiden race for five-year-old geldings.
Mayglass rider Jack Hendrick also enjoyed success. He was aboard Totowolfe for Ian McCarthy in the six-year-old-plus gelding’s maiden race.
Point-to-point action returns to Fairwood Park, Tinahely, next Sunday, when the annual Shillelagh & District Hunt fixture takes place. Six races with the first off at 12.30pm. The organiser’s would love to welcome everyone along for a great day’s sport.