The Killinick Harriers point-to-point takes place in Lingstown, a stone’s throw outside Tomhaggard, on Sunday, with the opening race, the 4yo maiden, under starters orders at 1pm. The going is currently yielding and soft in places.
1:00 Tattersalls Ireland 4yo Maiden (31)
1:30 The Padge Berry and Moortown Stud 5yo Mares Maiden (13)
2:00 Slaney Foods 5yo Geldings Maiden (23)
2:30 Hearne Line Marking Open 4yo+ (Banks Course) (13)
3:00 Rostoonstown Stud Winner Of Two (11)
3:30 IRE Wel Pallets & INHS Committee 6yo+ Maiden (14)
Race 1- 4yo Maiden
All but two of the 31 entries are entered at other meetings around the country over the weekend, will the race divide, that is the question, but one thing is certain, it is sure to be competitive, as the carrot for the winner will undoubtedly be a trip to the sales at the Cheltenham Festival.
The Kiltealy yard of the Champion Handler, Colin Bowe holds 7 entries in the race, although strangely you have to go back 4 years to when he last won this race, but the yard is certainly in form, top of the handlers table this season with 23 winners, discounting this trainer will certainly damage your pocket.
Denis Murphy also has 7 entries in the contest, having won it previously with Mr Whipped, Warthog and the ill-fated Minellafordollars. GRAND PARADIS, a Martaline gelding, is a half brother to the French Grade 2 winner, Vezelay (FR), and Peter & Ross Doyle B/S went to €115,000 to secure this well-bred sort in Goffs last May.
Donnchadh Doyle has the best strike rate, having won 4 of the last 10 divisions of this race over the last 4 years, and he also holds 4 entries here, including, the well-bred Fame And Glory gelding, CRYSTAL GLORY, a €65,000 Derby Sale purchase, the Masked Marvel gelding, GREDIN, another Derby purchase for €72,000, and the well-bred UNANSWERED PRAYERS, by Ocovango, a €35,000 Land Rover Sale purchase, his dam is a half-sister to 6 winners in France including the black typed, Tangaspeed.
It may also be worth keeping an eye on DOCPICKEDME from the Ellmarie Holden yard, the Getaway gelding was a €12,000 purchase at Goffs in May.
Race 2- 5yo Mares Maiden
Of the mares with form, TIMEADAY may have the best, third in her last two starts, beaten quite a way last time in Kilfeacle, previous to that she was a close third in Tinahely. Aidan Kennedy’s, LADY KK, took the runner-up spot in the testing Dungarvan track and she may well be in the shake up.
However, the winner is more than likely to come from either of the Denis Murphy newcomers, he has a good record of collecting these type of events. LIGHTS ON JEREMY, as her name suggests is a daughter of the red hot stallion, Jeremy, out of an unraced Vertical Speed mare. GRACE BURGESS, by Stowaway, out of an unraced Darazari mare.
Race 3- 5yo Geldings Maiden
It looks to be a wide-open contest, IL COURRA was third on his debut at Lingstown, he filled the same placing in Tyrella in January, should be close again.
SUNSET WEST has placed on his four starts to date, and Colin Bowe’s charge is sure to give a good account of himself again, the Kiltealy trainer has three debutantes entered, FIVE DOLLAR FINE, GETAWAY LODGE, and READTHESMALLPRINT, and rider bookings will surely be a guide as to the stable choice.
Donnchadh Doyle has not won this race in the last four seasons, he introduces three newcomers here, the most interesting of which may be WALL OF FAME, the well-bred son of Fame And Glory, is a half brother to the Grade 3 winner, Art Of Logistics.
Denis Murphy’s twice tried, GRANGE ROAD, could well enter calculations, the son of Oscar is out of an unraced Presenting mare, and the market may prove the best guide here.
Liz Doyle’s HAND IT OVER had an introductory run in Boulta back in November, and he should improve from that experience.
Race 4- Open Banks
STAND UP AND FIGHT was sent off as the leading Irish hope in last year’s Cheltenham Festival for the Foxhunters, a return to Prestbury Park had looked to be on the agenda, but a disappointing Thurles effort sees the JP McManus horse switch to the banks, should he turn up in Lingstown he will be hard to oppose.
Race 5- Winner Of Two
The locally trained COSTALOTMORE should add to his tally here, he took his maiden at the corresponding fixture last season, followed that by taking a winners contest in Courtown and only lost out in a Cork bumper by three parts of a length, a repeat of that form should see Mark Scallan’s charge collect here.
Denis Murphy’s BEATTHEBULLET is a course and distance winner, he collected his maiden here in November, took a winners contest in Ballycrystal, but was a beaten favourite last time out in Tinahely, behind, the mare BALLYMORRIS ROSE, and they renew rivalry here again.
Race 6- 6yo+ Maiden
THE NEW KID, the 6yo son of Gold Well has been in the frame on 3 of his 8 starts and Denis Murphy’s charge is sure to be in the shakeup.
GENERAL RYAN returned from a lay off to be only touched off close home last time in Tinahely, the Scorpion gelding should come on for that run and should go close here.
Michael Murphy’s HONEST OPINION has been placed in 3 of his 6 efforts to date, the son of Black Sam Bellamy certainly deserves to lose his maiden tag.
Philip Rothwell’s ICY INFERNO is another to enter the calculations, the Frozen Fire gelding was runner-up last Sunday in Borris.