Big weekend for Berry and Bowe

By Dan Walsh

Colin Bowe had a weekend treble, two of them ridden by Ross Berry, at the final weekend of the 2022-’23 point-to-point season.

Today at Inchydoney, Bowe saddled Seattle Seahawk in the colours of Maria Kavanagh, Arklow, to a nine lengths success in the maiden race for six-year-olds plus ridden by Ross Berry (21), son of John A. Berry, a former rider who won three national championships and rode over 300 winners.

COLIN BOWE… Champion handler for the 11th time.

There was only one Wexford winner on the second day of Ballingarry and that went to Colin Bowe’s home bred Croi Corcra in the colours of Patrick Fortune, Doonooney, Adamstown and a first winner for Sophie Carter by eight lengths in the Mares Winner of Three race.

I must apologise to loyal readers that I missed out on a winner for Colin Bowe and Ross Berry at Ballingarry in yesterday’s (Saturday) report. Stranger Danger dead-heated with Focus Point (Dan Hyde) with Bold Enough (Barry O’Neill) third, beaten a neck, in a thrilling finish to the Open Race. Over the weekend three wins for Colin Bowe and a double for Ross Berry).

Back at Inchydoney in West Cork, today, Chief Lady, handled by Rob James had a three lengths success in the maiden race for four-year-old mares giving James Cousins, (17), from Kilmore his first point-to-point victory.

Harley Dunne saddled newcomer Marcus Furius in the race for four-year-old maiden geldings and with Tiernan Roche Power up had 14 lengths to spare at the finish. The gelding was bred by Stephen Cousins, Camolin.

Georgie Burgess, a catchy name obviously inspired by Roddy Doyle’s character in The Snapper left his mark on the maiden race for five-year-old geldings with a one length success for Michael Goff’s Clondaw, Ferns, stables with Michael Sweeney up.

I’ll arrange a summary of the point-to-point season soon but the main points are that Colin Bowe (46 winners) wins his 11th handlers title and Barry O’Neill (64 winners) retains the riders’ championship and was also leading rider for the season in the North (25 winners) and the East (28 winners).

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