The 2018-19 point-to-point season get underway today (Saturday) at Toomebridge in mid-Aintrim and the Wexford raiders that made the long journey had a successful expedition by winning the first three of the six-race card.
There was a Wexford 1,2,3 in the opening mares maiden race with the Donnchadh Doyle trained Robin Des Silva in the Monbeg Syndicate colours coming home in first place with six and a half lengths to spare under jockey Rob James.
Colin Bowe’s Quivy Lough (Barry O’Neill up) was second and Honest Opinion (Tiernan Power Power) came in third for Ashleigh Murphy’s Duncormick stables.
The geldings maiden race for four year olds provided compensation for Colin Bowe and Barry O’Neill when Golden Nomad prevailed by a head in a thrilling finish to hold off Braeside and Derek O’Connor.
Rob James was back in the winners’ enclosure when partnering Donatello Mail for Cormac Doyle by six lengths in the maiden race for five year old geldings maiden race.
It was the 160th career winner for James, who is from Tomona, Killanne.
Wexford will be strongly represented at Castletown-Geoghegan, Co. Westmeath, tomorrow (Sunday).
2018 Autumn Point-to-Point Fixtures in the South-East.
Sunday, October 21; Shillelagh & District Hunt at Fairwood, Tinahely.
Sunday, November 4; Kilkenny Hunt at Grennan, Thomastown.
Sunday, November 11; Wexford Hunt at Moorefields, Ballinaboola, New Ross.
Sunday, November 18; Wicklow Hunt at Fairwood, Tinahely.
Sunday, November 25; Killinick Harriers at Lingstown, Tomhaggard.
Sunday, December 9; Carlow Farmers at Borris House.