The only point-to-point to survive the weekend’s rain took place in Lingstown, near Tomhaggard, on a bright, blustery Sunday afternoon in testing conditions.
The opening 4yo Maiden went to the Cormac Doyle trained Barry The Butcher, the son of Walk in The Park, partnered by Jack Hendrick, his 14th success of the season. The winner had this contest in safekeeping a long way from home, the Denis Murphy trained favourite, Croke Park, took the runner-up position, and the Rob James trained, Ballybeg Boss, was the only other finisher from the seven starters. The winner’s next outing will be in the sales ring.
Fourteen went to post in the 5yo mares maiden, victory went to the well-bred newcomer, Alfies Princess, out of a half-sister to Harbour Pilot. Derek O’Connor unleashed the daughter of Shirocco off the final bend to win nicely from the Cork-trained, Penny Glory. The winner trained in Kildare by Ross O’Sullivan is another to be sales bound.
In the 5&6yo Geldings maiden, only four of the sixteen starters managed to complete the course in the testing conditions. The judge gave the verdict to the Jonathan Fogarty trained Way Out by a head over the Pat Doyle trained, Imonlysaying. The pair battled it out the full length of the straight as Barry Stone’s mount prevailed for a popular local success.
Loggan Lady scored her third career success as the 10yo daughter of Beneficial landed the Open over the “Banks Course” for owner/trainer JP Walsh and rider, Timmy Love. The locally trained, short-priced, Vital Island was one of three fallers at the timber rails on the opening circuit.
The Winners of Two contest served up a very popular local success for the Billy Codd trained, Earl Of Desmond, ridden by Jack Hendrick, his second of the day, at the line the winning combination had 2 lengths in hand over the Colin Bowe trained, Gunner Officer, with Barry O’Neill in the saddle. The 7yo Presenting gelding has now won his three starts between the flags, he took his maiden in Carrigarostig, Cork, in January, and a winners contest two weeks ago in Tinahely.
The Harley Dunne owned, trained, and ridden, Good For Scope, landed the final contest of the day, the 5yo+ Maiden. The consistent son of Notnowcato made every post a winning one as he ran out a 4 length winner from Jack Doyen.