A new track came into use today at Damma House, on the outskirts of Kilkenny city, and champion point-to-point rider Barry O’Neill lost no time in finding the shortest way home with a brilliant treble.
The Ballindaggin rider teamed up with Paul Nolan to enjoy a 15 lengths success on Shawshank in the Winner of Two Race.
O’Neill also had a winners for Tipperary John Halley on Lisronagh Stone in the maiden race for five and six year old geldings and for another Tipperary trainer, Harry Kelly, on Kiera Royale by five lengths in the ‘older’ maiden race.
Rob James also had a winner. He was aboard Remember Jack, owned and trained at Tuam, Co. Galway, by D.J. Ryan, getting home by a head in the maiden race for five and six year old mares.
Denis Murphy sent out the front running, Highate Hill, in the Alan Harte colours in the maiden race for four year olds and with Simon Cavanagh up landed a five length victory for the Ballyboy Stables, The Ballagh.
There was also action at Stonehall, Co. Limerick, and the Wexford flag was flying high there too! Costly Diamond, trained for Michael Murphy by Ashleigh Murphy, Duncormick, with Tiernan Power Roche in the saddle, took the four year old maiden race by two and a half lengths.
The maiden race for four year old geldings was run in two divisions and both resulted in Wexford success.
Michael Goff, Monageer, saddled Lou Trek, having his first run and in the colours of Billy Murray, took the first division by six lengths, and another winner for Shane Fitzgerald.
The second division was a much closer affair. A short-head separated Picanha, ridden by Jimmy O’Rourke for Andrew Latta, Ballinakill, Ballycarney, and Defuture Is Bright, ridden by Luke Murphy, for Mary E. Doyle’s Monageer stables.
The fixture concluded with the ‘older’ maiden and a four lengths victory for Coach Road, owned by William Deacon, Belmont House, Clonroche, trained by his son, Daryl, and Jamie Codd was on board. Coach Road will be aimed at a ‘winners’ race now.
Next Sunday’s action moves closer with the Wexford Hunt point-to-point taking place at Moorfields, Ballinaboola. The first of six races is off at 12 noon.
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