By Dan Walsh
Midweek point-to-point races are rare enough but today’s Killeagh Harriers fixture went ahead at Ballyknock, Co. Cork, and returned handling victories for Wexford neighbouring stables of Colin Bowe and Sean Doyle.
First timer BD Cooper from the Monbeg Partnership and Sean Doyle’s Ballindaggin stables was the two lengths winner of the maiden race for four-year-old geldings with Jamie Scallan, Tomhaggard, up, beating Bowe’s Prends Garde A Toi ridden by Barry O’Neill. Handler Doyle saddled his 16th winner of the current season, equalling last year’s total for the season, so a seasonal best is a likely bet with about eight weeks left to the end of the 22-’23 season.
But the O’Neill-Bowe partnership were compensated later when Painted Wolf, running in the colours of Benjamin Halsall, achieved a six lengths success in the maiden race for five-year- old geldings. Number 25 of the season for the reigning champion handler from Kiltealy.