By Dan Walsh
Three successes for champion rider Barry O’Neill and an across the cards double for Colin Bowe, putting the champion Kiltealy handler on the 24-winner mark for the season were amongst today’s point-to-point headlines.
Barry O’Neill was in action at Castletown-Geoghegan today and the Westmeath track rewarded him with a treble. It started on Caher Rose Den for Milestone Bloodstock Ltd and Colin Bowe who ran on well and triumphed in the maiden race for five-year-old geldings by two and a half lengths,
O’Neill’s other pair of winners were for Fermanagh handler David Christie. Bold Enough by seven lengths in the Open Race and I See You Now, by a neck, in the maiden race for six-year-old plus geldings’ maiden event.
O’Neill and Bowe were denied in a short-head finish when Emily’s Choice was pipped by Melleray Hill in the Niall Hennessy colours in the five-year-old plus mares’ maiden race, This was a 70th career winner for handler Michael Goff who has been training at Clodaw, Ferns, for ten seasons.It was a fifth career winner for Cork rider Darragh Higgins and all have happened in the 2022-’23 season.
Colin Bowe saddled his second winner of the day at Rathcannon, Co. Limerick, when Rokathir, owned by Billy Connors and ridden by Bertie Finn, crossed the finish line with a one and a half lengths advantage in the maiden race for four-year-old geldings.
Also at Limerick 19 years-old Eoin Staples rode his first ever winner when Getaway Theatre scored by four lengths in the five and six-year-old mares maiden race for handler Paul Martin Pierce, Blackhall Stud, Killurin. Eoin is a brother of point-to-point rider Sean Staples and they are Duncormick,