Barry O’Neill skips along in the championship

Barry O’Neill is eight winners ahead of Derek O’Connor and Jamie Codd (injured) after riding a treble at the Galway Blazers point-to-point at Loughrea today (Sunday).

BARRY O’NEILL. Treble at Loughrea today puts him eight ahead in the riders’ championship.

Cavite Beata for Jim Dreaper in the Open Lightweight Race, Three Loud Knocks for Brian Mortell in the Winner of Two, and Michael Cullinane trained Chosen Flame by three lengths in the Adjacent Hunts Race to finish the day on 47 wins for the season which has four weekends to run.
Rob James was also at the Galway venue and rode a pair of winners to go with one from yesterday at Cork.
James teamed up with Corkman, Colin Motherway, who did most of his point-to-point riding days on the Wexford and south-east circuit, and they were three lengths to the good in the maiden race for five and six year old geldings with Ain’t My Fault.
Half an hour later and the man from Killlanne was congratulated again having come home three lengths ahead on Argent Valdez for Ross O’Sullivan in the mares maiden race.
Wexford connections were also in action at Stradbally for the Laois Foxhounds annual races where the Winners of Two race concluded with an eight lengths success for Our Henrietta, trained for Joe Whelan by Liam Kenny at Ballydarragh, Craanford, and was a fourth winner of the season for the trainer’s son, James Kenny.
Sean Doyle kept his Ballindaggin stable on a victorious footing when first timer Carlow Farmer, running in the colours of Edward Kearney, won the adjacent maiden race for five year olds and upwards with Jamie Lee Scallan, Tomhaggard, up.
Saturday racing took place at Ballindenisk, Co. Cork, where Mark Scallan, Cleariestown, owned and trained the first time out winner, Robyndzone for Laura Roche, who got the verdict by a head in the maiden race for four years old.
Rob James rode his 31st winner of the season on Debestyman for Waterford trainer, Shay Barry, by six lengths in the maiden race for five and six years old geldings.
There is also a Bank Holiday point-to-point at Dawstown, and the popular track near Blarney can expect a strong challenge from Wexford raiders.

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