Barry O’Neill rides 700th winner

By Dan Walsh National champion point-to-point rider Barry O’Neill, who celebrated his 33rd birthday yesterday was still in celebratory mood today at Ballindenisk, Co. Cork today where he rode three winners and reached the 700th career point-to-point winner mark in fine style. Colin Bowe saddled both ‘division’ winners in the maiden race for four-year-olds withContinue reading “Barry O’Neill rides 700th winner”

Champions in Wexford winning form

By Dan Walsh The summer arrived at Bettyville Park racecourse in Wexford today and while there was no success for Wexford stables the respective champions, trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Paul Townend, shared a double. Authorised Act (9/2) set the ball rolling with four and three-parts of a length to spare in the Poolcourt RelatedContinue reading “Champions in Wexford winning form”

Punchestown double for James Kenny

By Dan Walsh Craanford rider James Kenny enjoyed a double success at the Kilare Hunt point-to-point races at Punchestown today beginning with the Colin Bowe trained Chosen Hero by five lengths in the maiden race for four-year-old mares. He followed up with winner number two in the first division of the maiden race for five-Continue reading “Punchestown double for James Kenny”

Wexford winners keep rolling along

By Dan Walsh Champions Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe maintained their winning partnership at today’s point-to-point races at Bartlemy, Co. Cork when Thomas Mor, running in the colours of Mary Fitzpatrick, came home four lengths to the good in the maiden race for five-year-old geldings. Mark Scallan is having a great season as a handlerContinue reading “Wexford winners keep rolling along”

Rob James on the double

By Dan Walsh The final fixture of the 2021-22 Northern Ireland point-to-point season took place at Broughshane in Antrim yesterday (Saturday) and Wexford rider Rob James made the road trip worthwhile with two winners bringing his seasonal total to 24 weeks with only a handful of fixtures before the season ends. James was aboard SomeContinue reading “Rob James on the double”

50th win of the season for Barry O’Neill

By Dan Walsh Champion rider-elect for the sixth consecutive season Barry O’Neill enjoyed his 50th victory of the 2021-’22 point-to-point season at Muskerry, near Blarney, Co. Cork this afternoon. O’Neill was aboard newcomer Royal Defender for Colin Bowe in division one of the maiden race for four-year-old geldings and the partnership triumphed by ten lengths.Continue reading “50th win of the season for Barry O’Neill”

Dunne and Murphy on the double

By Dan Walsh Two point-to-point fixtures yesterday (Sunday) and the Wexford stables were in fine form with Harley Dunne and Denis Murphy recording a fine rider/handler double at East Galway. They got off the mark with Take No Chances who won the maiden race for four-year-old mares by one length and had ‘a distance’ toContinue reading “Dunne and Murphy on the double”

Dunne and Staples on the double

By Dan Walsh Point-to-point races took place on Friday and Saturday at Largy, near Ballymena, Co. Antrim, and two Wexford riders, Harley Dunne and Sean Staples enjoyed a winner on both days. Sean Staples was aboard Seeyouinmydreams, the 15 lengths winner of the maiden race for four-year-old mares maiden race yesterday for handler Paul MartinContinue reading “Dunne and Staples on the double”

Benny Walsh scores again!

By Dan Walsh Veteran Tomhaggard amateur jockey Benny Walsh topped off a brilliant week at Punchestown races today (Saturday) riding his second winner of the festival over the unique banks’ course on Hurricane Darwin (22/1) in the Cross Country Chase. Trained at Ballycrystal, Bunclody, by Cormac Farrell, Hurricane Darwin went to the front two fromContinue reading “Benny Walsh scores again!”

Benny Walsh wins the Ladies Cup

By Dan Walsh The peerless Punchestown racing festival was back to packed stands and top-quality racing yesterday (Tuesday) and the Wexford veteran Vital Island (7/2), having his 11th run over ‘the bank’s course’ won for the first time in the Kildare Hunt Club Chase Ladies Cup. Ridden by veteran Tomhaggard rider Benny Walsh, Vital IslandContinue reading “Benny Walsh wins the Ladies Cup”