Six runners went to post for the 4yo Maiden at Lingstown, victory went to the Colin Bowe trained, GERRI COLOMBE (FR), Barry O’Neill got the son of Saddler Maker up in the shadow of the post to get a head verdict over the Jamie Codd ridden, Denis Murphy trained, LAKOTA WARRIOR (IRE). The winner was an €85,000 Derby Sale purchase last June, his next outing will likely be next Thursday’s sale in Cheltenham, he is a half brother to a winner in France and hails from the family of the sire, Saint Preuil.
Barry O’Neill quickly added to his tally, he collected snugly with the Liam Kenny trained, Gavin Kinch owned, Brown Bullet, the daughter of local stallion, Ardcadio, benefited from her two introductory runs last season. In fact, the Arctic Tack Stud based stallion has done well in recent weeks, the Justin Browne bred, Animal won a bumper in the UK in impressive fashion recently.
Liam Kenny produced an across the country double on the day, GALON DE VAUZELLE (FR), ridden by son, James Kenny, won the 4yo maiden in Lismore, the son of KAP ROCK, took the runner-up spot, but was awarded the race in the stewards room- the winner took the wrong course. The winner is owned by Harley Dunne.
O’Neill quickly completed his treble, he combined with his boss, Colin Bowe to take the 5yo geldings maiden with the experienced, Sunset West.
Bookmakers were certainly generous with the 6/4 on offer about the Enda Bolger trained, STAND UP AND FIGHT (IRE), he took the Banks race, and we are likely to see the JP McManus owned horse contest similar events in the Punchestown Festival.
The Paul Cashman trained, MOVETHECHAINS (IRE) got up late to collar the local horse, the Vinny Devereux trained, MR MANTILLA (IRE) in the winners contest.
Derek O’Connor made his trip worthwhile, he completed his double in the final contest of the day aboard BLACK SAMURAI (GB), trained by Sean Ahearne, Tallow.
In Turtulla, eight went to post in the 4yo maiden, and Wexford handlers were responsible for the only two finishers, Ellen Doyle’s newcomer, HOLLOW GAMES (IRE), came home a distance clear of the Colin Bowe trained, TIM PAT (IRE). The winning Beat Hollow gelding, from the family of Remittance Man, Treble Bob, was a €28,000 purchase at the Land Rover Sale last May, is now sales bound, and was ridden by John O’Neill.
Wexford trainers hold 7 of the top 10 places in the “Handlers Championship”.
1 Colin Bowe 27 23%
2 Denis Paul Murphy 18 23%
3 Sam Curling 17 33%
4 D.M. Christie 13 48%
5 Donnchadh Doyle 10 17%
6 Sean Thomas Doyle 10 17%
7 Mary E. Doyle 9 35%
8 Michael Goff 7 33%
9 Michael R. Murphy 6 21%
10 Warren Ewing 6 18%
Barry O’Neill looks to be well on the way to claiming another Riders Championship, he has almost double the winners of his nearest rival, Jamie Codd.
1 Barry O’Neill 40 32%
2 Jamie Codd 22 27%
3 Derek O’Connor 17 32%
4 Rob James 17 18%
5 Pa King 16 28%
The local action switches to the North Kilkenny fixture in Ballyragget next Sunday.