Barry O’Neill stretches his lead

By Dan Walsh Champion point-to-point rider Barry O’Neill has stretched his lead at the top of the 2022-23 championship with a double at Cragmore, Co. Limerick today. O’Neill is now on the 26-winner mark and six ahead of Rob James. O’Neill was aboard Workahead for handler Colin Bowe in the 18-runner maiden race for five-year-Continue reading “Barry O’Neill stretches his lead”

Locals dominate at Ballycrystal races

By Dan Walsh at Ballycrystal The going was testing at the Ballinagore Harriers point-to-point races held at Ballycrystal this afternoon, but local stables fared well and there was a good-sized attendance in light rain conditions. First up was the maiden race for five-year-old mares and “a head” separated Von Hallers for the Monbeg Farm RacingContinue reading “Locals dominate at Ballycrystal races”

All roads to Ballycrystal on Sunday

By Dan Walsh Only one point-to-point fixture this weekend and it is the Ballinagore Harriers meeting at Ballycrystal, just outside Kiltealy with Mount Leinster and the Blackstairs as the perfect backdrop, tomorrow (Sunday). Sixty-eight entries for six races, saturated with runners from local stables, and the first race is off at 12.30pm. The going willContinue reading “All roads to Ballycrystal on Sunday”

Sunday’s point-to-point scene

By Dan Walsh Two point-to-point meetings today at Clonmel at and Carrigarostig, Co. Cork, and only two Wexford successes, both at the Cork venue, where the going conditions were ‘heavy’. Calli Black, a faller on her only previous outing, made amends with a front running display and a four lengths victory for Caitriona and MichaelContinue reading “Sunday’s point-to-point scene”

Doubles for Murphy, Elliott and James

By Dan Walsh at Fairwood, Tinahely Today’s point-to-point at Fairwood, Tinahely, took place in heavy ground conditions, but dry overhead, and it was an afternoon of double success for handlers Denis Murphy and Gordon Elliott and rider Rob James. With no four-year-old races until next month the card got underway with a seven-runner contest forContinue reading “Doubles for Murphy, Elliott and James”

Barry O’Neill’s Happy New Year!

The first point-to-point fixture of 2023 got underway in Ballindenisk, Co. Cork, this afternoon (Sunday) and champion rider Barry O’Neill marked the occasion with two winners to bring his seasonal total to 22 winners and maintain a six-winner lead over his neighbour Rob James. Larkfield Legacy, owned and bred by James Brennan, Killanne, scored aContinue reading “Barry O’Neill’s Happy New Year!”

End of year success at the ‘points’

Ellen Doyle and the Baltimore Stables Syndicate at Coolgarrow Lane, Enniscorthy, ended 2022 with a two lengths success in the Open Race at Dromahane, Co. Cork, yesterday (Saturday) with Woodbrook Boy. Although only two contested the three-mile chase Woodbrook Boy’s success was a first winner for 21 years old Antrim rider Cara McGoldrick, who ridesContinue reading “End of year success at the ‘points’”

Donnchadh Doyle keeps on winning

By Dan Walsh Ballindaggin’s Donnchadh Doyle is having a great point-to-point season and is amongst the top handlers going into 2023 and he maintained his good run of form when he supplied the only Wexford winner today when saddling Speed Davis at Boulta, Co. Cork. First time out, French-bred Speed Davis, in the Monbeg SyndicateContinue reading “Donnchadh Doyle keeps on winning”

Another four-timer for Rob James

By Dan Walsh Today’s point-to-point fixture at Borrsi House survived three inspections, the latest at 8am, attracted a large entry, three races were divided to make it an 8-race card and Killanne rider Rob James won four of them equalling his amazing success at Lingstown recently. The maiden race for four-year-old mares was divided; SandaContinue reading “Another four-timer for Rob James”

Rob James continues good run

By Dan Walsh Rob James rode two winners at Quakerstown, Co. Clare today. Not as good as his four-timer at Lingstown last Sunday, but it maintains a good run of success and he is now on the 11-winner mark for the season. James scored on Ideal Des Bordes for the Monbeg Syndicate and Donnchadh DoyleContinue reading “Rob James continues good run”