The 2018-’19 point-to-point season ended at Ballingarry today (Bank Holiday Monday) where Barry O’Neill (66 winners) and Colin Bowe (45 winners) were crowned champion rider and champion handler, respectivily, following their most successful season ever.
O’Neill has won three championships in successive years while Bowe takes the title for the seventh time.
Four Wexford riders – Barry O’Neill, Rob James, Jamie Codd and Luke Murphy – were in the first five places, while Barry O’Neill also won the eastern title and Jamie Codd topped the northern championship.
Handlers Colin Bowe, Donnchadh Doyle and Denis Murphy filled three of the four places at the head of the handlers championship.
Cormac Doyle won the four year old geldings maiden race at Ballingarry today with Begoodtoyourself for the Monbeg Farm Racing Prtnership. He had one length to spare in the hands of Shane O’Rourke.
Handler John Walsh from Preban, Shillelagh, won the Winner of Three Race by five lengths with his son, James, doing the steering.
Rob James had a double at Kinsale on Sunday. He began with Presenting Ana for Cormac Doyle in the four near old mares maiden event by three quarters of a length and later in the day joined forces with Jim Dreaper and won the geldings maiden race for six year olds by eight lengths.
On the same card, Shane Fitzgerald partnered Derek Tobin’s Galway Kid to an easy 15 lengths victory in the maiden race for four year old geldings for Monageer handler Michael Goff.
Jimmy Kenny brought his seasonal total to 11 with a double at Ballingarry on Sunday. The young Craanford rider had 10 lengths to spare on the Colin Bowe trained Ticket To LA in the maiden race for four year old mares. It was a Bowe 1-2 with Gallopongray and Shane O’Rourke filling the runner-up spot.
Kenny’s second winner of the day came in the Winner of One by two and a half lengths on Ya Boy Ya, trained by his father, Liam Kenny, for the Orphan Girl Syndicate.
The father and son team of Pat and Jimmy O’Rourke, Silverspring, Bridgetown, enjoyed a winner at Kinsale on Saturday when Ask Me Early got home with three quarters of a length to spare in the maiden race for five year old geldings.
And one that escaped us in last week’s report. Conor Moore from Kilmore Quay had his second career winner on Tilly’s Torment, owned and trained by his father Denis, in the older mare’s maiden race by two and a half lengths at Stradbally last Sunday week.