By Dan Walsh
Two point-to-point fixtures today – at Bartlemy in Co. Cork and Grennan, Co. Kilkenny – and an amazing eleven winners for Wexford stables including a four-timer for Colin Bowe, three for rider Jack Hendrick, doubles for Bertie Finn, Brian Lawless, Donnchadh Doyle and Barry O’Neill and the Doyles from Ballindaggin, Donnchadh, Sean and Cormac, saddled a winner each.
Jack Hendrick rode a treble at Grennan to bring his seasonal total to 21 winners. The Mayglass rider got off the mark on newcomer Chance Another One, by five lengths for Cormac Doyle and the Monbeg Farm Racing Partnership in division two of the maiden race for four-year-old geldings.
Hendrick teamed up with Sean Doyle in the maiden race for five-year-olds plus (division two) race and they shared a 12 lengths victory with Similar Story in the colours of Gearoid Doyle. Hendrick’s treble was achieved on Alvarez Eclipse for Waterford handler Declan Queally in the maiden race for six-year-olds plus. Jack Hendrick now has 55 career victories to his credit.
Donnchadh Doyle saddled Ireland’s Call who was a four lengths winner of the first division of the maiden race for four-year-old geldings in the colours of the Monbeg Syndicate and Brian Lawless was the winning rider.
Lawless made it a double on the day at the Kilkenny track aboard La Vega Moon for the Monbeg Syndicate and Donnchadh Doyle in division two of the maiden race for five-year-old geldings. The winning distance was one and three-parts of a length. Donnchadh Doyle ended the day with 260 career handling victories to his credit.
Colin Bowe saddled four winners. Two at Kilkenny with Bertie Finn riding and two at Cork with champion Barry O’Neill up. He is now on the 38-winner mark for the season.
Newcomer Bob O Rhino scored by one and a half lengths in the maiden race for four-year-old mares and Young Jack took the first division of the maiden race for four-year-old geldings by two and a half lengths at Kilkenny.
In Cork, Bowe and O’Neill won both divisions of the maiden race for five-year-old geldings; Itsnoteasy by an impressive 16 lengths in division one and newcomer Inox Allen by two lengths in division two.
Rob James saddled newcomer Realta Liath (ridden by Derek O’Connor) who had three lengths to spare at the finish of the maiden race for four-year old mares. Harley Dunne saddled both the runner-up and the third, Lustfull Lady and Giver The Holie, respectively, but he was compensated in the first division of the maiden race for four-year-old geldings by Chauffeur Driven (Finian Maguire up) who secured a one and a half lengths. The second division was won by newcomer Harbour Highway, handled by Michael Goff at Clondaw, Ferns, ridden by Michael Sweeney. Five lengths the verdict.