Donnchadh Doyle had an amazing Sunday winning the first four races at Ballyarthur, Co. Cork; a double at Lingstown; one at Horse & Jockey, Co. Tipperary, and also a winner at Lismore, Co. Waterford, yesterday – eight winners in two days! Rob James rode five winners and it was also a great weekend for young Wexford jockeys.
Doyle saddled Jilythejet (2 lengths), Brewers Project (5 lengths), Sheila Tanist (neck) and Ballybreen (2 lengths), all ridden by Rob James, to gain a four-timer at the Cork venue. At the same time Harley Dunne won the four year old geldings maiden race on The Big Getaway at the Tipperary track.
He also saddled a double at Lingstown, a first double for Tinahely rider, James Walsh. Thatsy lead during the whole of the four year old maiden and had three lengths to spare at the end, and King of the Sharks made it two in the Winners of One Race.
Jockey Sean O’Keeffe and handler Richard O’Keeffe and other connections with Vital Island after his Lingstown success on Sunday.
The big race at Lingstown was the Padge Berry Race over the banks and Vital Island, trained at Taghmon by Richard O’Keeffe, impressively handled by Sean O’Keeffe, (18), jumped for fun and won by seven lengths. Vital Island also won for the O’Keeffe cousins at Borris House last Friday, so a quick double.
Sean Staples, (18), a Leaving Cert student at St Peter’s College, Wexford, and from Rathangan, had his first winner on Redbridge Gold for Michael and Ashleigh Murphy, in the maiden race for five year old mares. The winning margin was three lengths.
Jamie Scallan, (21), had his third winner when bringing Bubbles of Gold home by six lengths in the maiden race for five year old geldings. “I rode two winners for William Codd and I have only been with Sean Doyle for three weeks.”
Local handler, Vincent Devereux, took the final race at Lingstown with Ard Chros, a home-bred gelding running in the colours of his father, Jimmy, from Rostoonstown Stud, by three lengths. Shane O’Rourke, Foulksmills, was on board.
Colin Bowe won the four year old maiden mares’ race at Horse & Jockey with The Glancing Queen, ridden by Barry O’Neill, by two and three quarter lengths. And at Belclare, in North Galway, Bowe had a second winner on the same afternoon – First Account by six lengths and ridden by James O’Rourke, Clonard, Wexford.
LUKE MURPHY a double at Galway on Sunday
Luke Murphy from Concannon House, Inch, recorded a double at the Galway venue. He won the Winners of Two by 20 lengths on Bloodstream, owned and trained by his parents, John and Miriam Murphy, and in the previous race – five and six year old mares maiden – he partnered Bright Side Of Life for The Ballagh handler, Denis Murphy.
Barry O’Neill and Jamie Codd both raced at Kirkistown in North Down on Saturday and they enjoyed a winner apiece.
O’Neill teamed up with the Milestone Racing Partnership and Colin Bowe to win the maiden race for four year olds with Long After Dark, having a first outing, and they scored by four lengths.
Jamie Codd waited until the final race – a maiden race for ‘older’ geldings – winning by a head on the Jim Dreaper trained Book Of Love.
There was also Saturday action at Lismore, Co. Waterford, where Donnchadh Doyle trained the 15 lengths winner of the maiden race for four year olds, Feel My Pulse ridden by Rob James.
There was a second Wexford-trained winner when Turndownthevolume, owned and trained by Roy Tector, Clonroche, won by 15 lengths in the hands of jockey Tom Feeney.
Postponed from last Sunday due to inclement weather, the Carlow Farmers point-to-point went ahead in heavy conditions at Borris House on Friday and Jamie Codd notched up a double in the first two races. In the four year old maiden, Codd teamed up with Gordon Elliott’s Andy Dufresne and after a six lengths victory he will be heading for the Cheltenham Festival sale next week. Codd’s second success was for Kilkenny handler, David O’Brien, when Matts Hall scored by eight lengths in the maiden race for five year old geldings.
JAMES WALSH a double at Lingstown on Sunday.
Barry O’Neill won the mares maiden race on Sinoria, trained at Bunclody by Richard Black for owner Austin Fanning, and the verdict was three lengths. Immediately, after dismounting O’Neill left for Leopardstown and Dundalk – riding at three tracks in the same day!
Aaron Sinnott from Enniscorthy had his third point-to-point success on Ihaventaclue for local handler Aidan Fitzgerald in the Adjacent Hunts race by three quarters of a length in the 6-runner contest.
Samanntom won the Open Lightweight Race for Tipperary handler Pat Doyle with Rob James in the saddle. Won handy by a dozen lengths.