O’Keeffe’s Vital Island makes it four-in-a-row

By Dan Walsh at Lingstown, Tomhaggard There was an amazing outcome to the Neville Hotels Open Race ‘over the banks’ at lovely Lingstown with victory going to Vital Island, who was winning this race for the fourth year in a row and plans to run at next Spring’s Punchestown Festival. The nine-year-old gelding owned andContinue reading “O’Keeffe’s Vital Island makes it four-in-a-row”

Lingstown races on Sunday

By Dan Walsh Point-to-pointing over the famous Lingstown track beside Tacumshane Lake takes place tomorrow (Sunday) where there are 113 entries for six races with the first under way at 12.30pm. There are forty-five entries for the opening maiden race for four-year-olds, so possibly a ‘divide’ or two may be facilitated, but most excitement willContinue reading “Lingstown races on Sunday”

Two more victories for Barry O’Neill 

By Dan Walsh Barry O’Neill’s long journey home to Kiltealy was pleasant this evening after the champion rider recorded a double at Kirkistown, in North Down, earlier in the afternoon bringing his seasonal tally to nineteen. First success for O’Neill came on Campaign Town for the Colin Bowe stable in the maiden race for four-year-oldsContinue reading “Two more victories for Barry O’Neill “

Two dead-heats at foggy Knockmullen

By Dan Walsh at Knockmullen House, New Ross There were extraordinary scenes at today’s point-to-point races at Knockmullen House, New Ross, where two dead-heats were recorded and featured the same rider – Brian Dunleavy from Cork. The turf history books will be under heavy scrutiny for a few days as historians and statisticians search toContinue reading “Two dead-heats at foggy Knockmullen”

Wexford riders in thrilling finishes

By Dan Walsh Doubles for Barry O’Neill and Rob James were a feature of today’s action at Loughbrickland, Co. Down and they involved two thrilling finishes that concluded in a short-head victory and a dead-heat. Rob James got into the winners’ enclosure as a handler and rider in the maiden race for four-year-olds with LostContinue reading “Wexford riders in thrilling finishes”

Barry O’Neill opens up his lead

By Dan Walsh Today’s point-to-point was at Damma House in neighbouring Kilkenny where champion rider Barry O’Neill recorded a double, bringing his seasonal total onto the 15-winner mark, and five Wexford stables were successful. O’Neill got off the mark in the Winner of Two race aboard Croi Corcra in the colours of PJ Fortune, Doonooney,Continue reading “Barry O’Neill opens up his lead”

Success is spread around at Ballycrystal

By Dan Walsh at Ballycrystal Conditions were testing at the Island Hunt point-to-point at Ballycrystal, Kiltealy, this afternoon but there was a good attendance, and the fixture went off safety with the six races won by six different handlers. The four-year-old mares maiden race brought the first success of the season to Ellen Doyle fromContinue reading “Success is spread around at Ballycrystal”

All roads lead to Ballycrystal

By Dan Walsh Eighty-two entries were received for the Island Hunt’s point-to-point fixture at Ballycrystal, Kiltealy, tomorrow (Sunday). The going is described as “yielding to soft” and the first race is off at 12.30pm. It should be noted that persons intending on attendance must register with P2P.ie to gain admission. There were two Wexford winnersContinue reading “All roads lead to Ballycrystal”

Enjoyable day at Wexford races

By Dan Walsh Mild conditions, close finishes and a good Bank Holiday Monday attendance were the ingredients that made Bettyville Park a good place to be today for the final race meeting of the year. For the second year in succession Wexford’s only Listed Race – the BetVictor M.W. Hickey Memorial Chase – was wonContinue reading “Enjoyable day at Wexford races”

Rob James adds another double

By Dan Walsh Rob James is riding out of his skin with seven wins over the last three point-to-point racing days and a double at Curraghmore, Co. Waterford today brought his seasonal total to eight. James got the leg up on Blade Runner for Donnchadh Doyle in the maiden race for five-year-old geldings and scoredContinue reading “Rob James adds another double”