With 42 winners to his credit Barry O’Neill is now 16 winners clear of Derek O’Connor in the national point-to-point riders’ championship while Colin Bowe is on 25 and five ahead of his closest rival, Waterford’s Declan Queally, in the handlers title.
The O’Neill and Bowe combination struck gold at Liscarroll, Co. Cork, today where Papa Tango Charly won the Goffs UK Aintree Sale maiden race for four year olds by four lengths.
A newcomer in the colours of Una Connors, Papa Tango Charly get the better of another Wexford trained first timer, Big Bresil, for the Monbeg Syndicate, Donnchadh Doyle and Rob James combination, who can’t be far away from breaking his maiden duck.
There was compensation for the entire Ballindaggin team later in the day when Keep Wondering scored by eight lengths giving Rob James his 22nd victory of the 2018-’19 season.
Racing got under way at Durrow today with the competitive maiden race for five year old mares and best of the bunch was Howya Hun who came home one length to the good for the Duncormick stable of Ashleigh and Michael Murphy. Tiernan Roche was the winning rider.
Runner-up was another Wexford competitor, Racks Cross running in the colours of Michael Kenny, trained by Kieran Roche at Adamstown, and ridden by James Walsh,
Casey Jem won two on the bounce when coming home two lengths ahead in the Winner of One Race with Luke Murphy in the saddle.
Owned by Jim Casey and trained by Richard Black, Bunclody, Casey Jem will now be aimed at either a winners race or a hunter’s chase.
Two Wexford winners emerged from the first of two days’ point-to-point action at Durrow, Co. Offaly, on Saturday.
First time out, Hometown Boy in the colours of the Monbeg Farm Racing Partnership, trained at Ballindaggin by Cormac Doyle and ridden by Jack Hendrick from Mayglass, ran out the three lengths winner of the auction maiden race for four year olds.
There was a Wexford ‘one-two’ in the maiden race for mares with the father and son, owner and trainer team of James and Vincent Devereux, Rostoonstown Stud, Tacumshane, producing Getawaytonewbay to a four lengths victory under Horetown, Foulkesmills, rider Shane O’Rourke.
Runner-up was Sadhbh’s Delight, trained by Kieran Roche for John McCabe, and ridden by James Walsh, Preban, Tinahely.
Next Sunday’s point-to-point is run under the auspices of the Bree Hunt and takes place at Monksgrange, near Rathnure, with the first race off at 2 pm.
A second fixture is planned for Monksgrange on Sunday, April 28th, but in the meantime Sunday’s meeting deserves big local support and will feature plenty of runners from local stables.