Wexford jockeys win all the way at Tinahely

BARRY WALSH enjoyed a victory on Loggan Lady at Fairwood, Tinahely, today (Pic; WexfordToday.com).

Fresh from three victories at Farmaclaffey, Co. Armagh, on Saturday, Jamie Codd added another two at Fairwood, Tinahely, today, bringing his two-day weekend total to five.
Codd had eight lengths to spare on Peter Flood’s Enjoy D’Allen in the maiden race for five year old geldings before securing a 10 lengths victory on Kruzhlinan for Camilla Sharples and Gordon Elliott in the three-runner Open Lightweight Race.
Kruzhlinan has remained unbeaten this season and has clocked up seven victories, three of them at Fairwood. His next outing could be another ‘open’ however the serious plan is to run in the Foxhunters Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree in April.
Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe were in excellent form too and shared a brace of winners with French-bred Linelee King stretching to an impressive eight lengths victory in the maiden race for four year olds. “He is a smart horse and will go to the sales,” said Bowe afterwards.
The Kiltealy racing partnership made it number two for the day when Sublte Quest jumped clear and came up the hill three lengths to the good in the maiden race for mares.
Local rider Barry Walsh from Ballyday, Gorey, was given the leg up on Loggan Lady by his father, John, and they were delighted with her performance that resulted in a one length victory in the Winners of Two race.
“She loved the ground. Stayed on well. Will probably go for a hunters’ chase next,” said handler John. This was Barry’s fourth career success and a popular victory for the Walsh’s ‘Loggan’ (named after a local townland) breeding line.
Veteran jockey Benny Walsh and his partner Jenny Roche sent Fleck Ivy from their Crossgales, Tomhaggard stables in south Wexford, for the six year old geldings maiden which resulted in a 10 length success and a ninth career winner for novice rider Tiernan Roche.
Foggy conditiions prevailed earlier in the day but the surroundings brightened up and a good crowd enjoyed the racing with 35 of the 74 entries facing the starter. The fixture was run under the auspices of the Brasy Harrier.
Before the first race a minute’s silence was observed in tribute to the late John Ellard, (57), Birdstown, Broadway, a point-to-point and racing photographer for many years who was laid to rest in Our Lady’s Island Cemetery, Wexford, on Saturday. Mr Ellard was a familiar figure at Tinahely over many years and performed his last photographic assignment at the track on Sunday, January 13th last. R.I.P.
Next Sunday’s point-to-point is the Carlow Farmers’ Hunt meeting at Borris House. It is a six-race card and the first race is at 1 pm.

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