Barry O’Neill maintained his lead at the head of the national point-to-point jockeys championship with a double success at the Wexford Hunt’s fixture at Ballinaboola, New Ross.
Telmesomethinggirl was impressive in her three lengths victory against the geldings in the first maiden race of 2019 and O’Neill had difficulty in pulling her up after crossing the line.
Handler Colin Bowe who expected a good performance for the debutant on the track was very impressed with the run and expects that somebody is going to make an excllent purchase when she goes to the Cheltenham Sales.
Has a 4yo mare ever beaten a 4yo gelding on the opening day of the 4yo Maidens? That's exactly what TELMESOMETHINGGIRL (IRE) did today at the Ballinaboola Point-to-Point, trained by Colin Bowe and ridden by Barry O Neill.
Posted by WexfordToday.com on Sunday, February 3, 2019
Fermanagh handler David Christie makes regular successful raids on the south-east tracks and his smart five year old gelding Winged Leader gave Barry O’Neill his second winner of the afternoon in the Winners of Three race.
Rapid Raider won the five year old geldings maiden race by three links and his Gorey owner Gavin Kinch confirmed that he will be going tothe Cheltenham Sales.
This was a fine success for the father and son team, handler and rider, Liam and James Kenny from Ballydarragh, Craanford.
John Paul Brennan was in Cork and missed seeing The Three Wizards, running in his wife Marie’s colours, scoring by eight lengths for the Camolin family with John O’Neill in the saddle.
John Paul’s brother Darragh saddled up the winner and said that the handler thinks a lot of the five-year-old bay mare by Oscar.
Spanish Leather won the maiden race for six year old geldings for Rathangan handler Brian Jordan with Mark Scallan, Cleariestown, getting the gelding home by six lengths.
The ‘older maiden’ race went to Kildare and the Tony Martin trained Cle En Main ridden by Evan Dwan. Six lengths was the verdict.
Good racing at Ballinaboola with the track riding ‘good to yielding’ so they went a good clip in every race. Fifty horses competed from an entry of 99 and the organisers were happy with the attendance in dry, but cold weather conditions.
Rob James was in action today at Belharbour and enjoyed a five lengths success on In Too Deep for Ballindaggin handler Cormac Doyle and the Monbeg Farm Racing Partnership in the maiden race for five year old geldings.
There was another Wexford victory at Ballyvodock, Co. Cork, where Luke Murphy guided Theflickeringtlight to her second win in as many runs in the Mares Winner of Two race for Cork handler Colin Motherway.