Twice national champion point-to-point rider Barry O’Neill set down a serious marker in defence of his title with three winners at Castletown-Geoghegan, Co. Westmeath, this afternoon.
Riding for his boss, six times handler champion Colin Bowe, O’Neill got off to a four lengths success with Pennyforapound in the maiden race for four year olds who was chased home by two fellow Wexford trained runners, Denis Murphy’s Glengar (Jamie Codd up) and Eglantino Kauto ridden by Rob James for Colin Bowe.
O’Neill and Bowe teamed up with Kilkenny owner, Peter Brophy, to saddle Lively Beat, the eight lengths winner of the five and six year old mares maiden race.
Barry O’Neill made it three for the afternoon aboard Shawshank, trained by Paul Nolan, Toberona House, Davidstown, for C.R.B. Bloodstock, who scored by one ande a half lengths in the five and six years old geldings maiden race.
Bowe and O’Neill had got their season off to a good start on Saturday winning the geldings maiden race for four year olds with Golden Nomad at Toomebridge, Co. Antrim.
Four wins for Barry O’Neill; three for Colin Bowe, two for Rob James and one each for Donnchadh Doyle and Cormac Doyle! What a start for Wexford stables and riders on the first weekend of the 2018-19 point-to-point season.
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.