Barry O’Neill enjoys treble success

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,

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