Barry O’Neill’s treble is point-to-point highlight

BARRY O'NEILL has won the national point-to-point riders' championship for the third successive year. Pic; WexfordToday.com

It was a busy Sunday with four point-to-point fixtures around the country and the highlight of the day was a treble for Barry O’Neill who was in action at Dundalk.
O’Neill get off to a great start with a victory on Domitian for the Gigginstown House Stud and leading handler Colin Bowe by one and a half lengths in the maiden race for four year old mares.
Oscar Academy, trained at Camolin by John Paul Brennan and running in the colours of his wife, Marie, was winner number two by three lengths in the Winner of One race.
O’Neill’s third success of the day and his 48th winner of the season came on board Briar Lane, for Jenny and Benny Walsh, Tomhaggard, in the last race of the day – the maiden race for six year olds and upwards.
Colin Bowe also supplied the winner of the five year old geldings maiden race at Stradbally and the first leg of a double for Craanford rider, Jimmy Kenny, with three and a half lengths to spare.
Kenny rode Crutches Lad for Carlow handler William Murphy in the Winner of Three race and recorded his second win of the afternoon in a close finish. Half a length was the distance.
Also at the Laois venue, Court Glory, trained by John Berry for his wife, Anna, at Blackwater, was a winner by two lengths in the maiden race for mares aged five or over. John O’Neill was the successful rider.
At Askeaton, Co. Limerick the Walsh family from Preban, Tinahely, enjoyed success with Getaway Mag, by a neck, getting compensation after being carried out when travelling well at Courtown the previous Sunday. James Walsh, having his second winner in as many days, was riding for his father, James.
At Dromahane, near Mallow, Shane O’Rourke, Foulksmills, won the maiden race for four year olds by one and a half lengths for Monbeg Farm Partnership and Cormac Doyle with Bobhopeornohope.
So eleven winners at five tracks over the weekend for Wexford handlers and riders reflects the strength of the point-to-point game in the south-east.

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