Pouring rain lashed the point-to-point tracks across the country today and while conditions disappointed the spectators they seemed to inspire the horses with several Wexford winners emerging through the quagmire.
Jockey Jimmy O’Rourke from Clonard, near Wexford town, won two of the first three races at Borris House and brought his career total to 60 winners.
There was a Wexford 1,2,3 in the maiden race for four year olds with O’Rourke securing a two and a half lengths victory on Sporting John, first time out for owner and handler Matthew Flynn O’Connor from Ballypreacus, Bunclody.
Jamie Codd was second on Generation Text for The Ballagh handler Denis Murphy with Donnchadh Doyle’s Vandemere taking the third spot with James Walsh in the saddle.
O’Rourke’s second success came in the mares maiden race and a four lengths victory on Madera Mist for the Monbeg Syndicate and Donnchadh Doyle team from Ballindaggin.
James Kenny from Craanford had a winner in Down on Saturday and followed up with another victory on Crutches Lad for Carlow handler William Murphy by four lengths in the ‘older’ maidens race confined to novice riders.
Jamie Codd secured victory in the maiden race for five year old geldings on Escaria Ten who made the long journey to the Carlow venue from Liam Lennon’s stables in Newry.
Jack Hendrick from Mayglass rode the winner of the five-year-old geldings maiden race at Bandon, Co. Cork, aboard Eclair Surf who had ‘a distance’ to spare at the finish much to the delight of the Monbeg Farm Racing Partnership and Ballindaggin handler Cormac Doyle.
There was also racing at Ballycahane, Co. Limerick, where Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe joined forces to win the four-year-old geldings maiden race with Giants Table, who was having his first run. The winning margin was three lengths.
This was Colin Bowe’s 19th winner of the season and he has taken charge at the top of the handlers’ championship.
Next Sunday’s action is at Lingstown, Tomhaggard, where the feature race is the €3,050 Open Lightweight Race over ‘the banks’ and is the richest point-to-point race ever run in this country. The first race is at 1 pm.