A double for Donnchadh Doyle at Tralee and a single success for Colin Bowe on Saturday at Portrush left the Kiltealy handler leading his neighbour Donnchadh from Ballindaggin by one winner – 29 wins to 28, but a Sunday double for Colin Bowe at Inchydoney on Sunday could well ensure that the title returns to Kiltealy.
Bowe saddled Paxman, in the colours of Diana Duffy, and ridden by champion jockey, Barry O’Neill, galloped home three lengths to the good in the maiden race for four year olds.
Half an hour later and Rob James gave Bowe a quick double with Legend Of Zorro in the geldings’ maiden race and running in the colours of the Exors of the late William Codd, Mayglass. He won by nine lengths. Bowe leads after the weekend with 31 wins to 29 for Doyle and only next weekend’s fixtures to bring the season to a close.
On Saturday, at the North Kerry venue, Doyle saddled the winner in both divisions of the maiden race for four year olds, Silent Assistant with James Walsh up by five lengths and the Rob James partnered First Lord De Cut by a head.
Bowe responded when Port Stanley scored by one and a half lengths under Barry O’Neill in the maiden race for four year olds at the Antrim track.
Luke Murphy, Inch, deprived Barry O’Neill of a double when Sambremont scored by two and three-quarters of a length over the better fancied Vinnie Luck – both trained in Fermanagh by David Christie.
And to finish off on the northern circuit for this point-to-point season, Enniscorthy jockey Aaron Sinnott rode his fourth winner on Aonghus Song for Claregalway handler, Gerard Kyne, by five lengths in the geldings’ maiden race confined to novice riders.