Cross-coun­try point-to-point wins

Wexford People - - SPORT -

THERE WAS Wex­ford point-to-point suc­cess across the coun­try last week­end with six rid­ers and six han­dlers record­ing wins in Down, Cork and Tip­per­ary.

The ever-re­li­able pair­ing of Jamie Codd and trainer De­nis Mur­phy (Bally­boy, The Bal­lagh) col­lected yet an­other four-year-old maiden at Moira, Co. Down, on Satur­day, with Codd at his strongest to get Be­yond The Storm (Fle­mensfirth-Blue Gale) home by a neck. Codd had won the bumper at Don­caster the pre­vi­ous evening.

There was a first win of the sea­son for rider Mark Scallan (Cleariestown) and trainer Ivan Walker (Bun­clody) in the five- and six-year­sold mares’ maiden with Good Auld Times (Olden Times-Hazel­hall Princess).

Half a length back was Har­ley Dunne on Philip Roth­well’s Il Snepasseront­pas. Walker had big suc­cess with Three­swal­lows­nick in the 2015-’16 sea­son.

No one trav­elled far­ther than Pierce Power from The Hook, Fethard, but it paid off as his Burn­ing Am­bi­tion (Scor­pion-Wyn­d­ham Miss Sally) had his fourth suc­ces­sive win in the open race un­der Rob James (Kil­lanne). Sec­ond was Barry O’Neill on David Christie’s Sam­bre­mont.

At Main­stown, near Carrick-on-Suir, O’Neill and trainer Colin Bowe main­tained the Wex­ford stran­gle­hold on the four-year-old maid­ens with Straight Red (Westerner-Strato­sphere). Well held in sec­ond was Rob James on Cor­mac Doyle’s (Ballindaggin) Ge­ordielandgansta, in a race with five fall­ers at the first fence.

Ed­die Keat­ing (Gusser­ane) steered home Turn­down­thevol­ume (Stow­away-Wrongi­nokana­gan) in the older mares’ maiden, giv­ing Clon­roche owner/trainer Roy Tec­tor his first win since the 2014-’15 sea­son.

At the United Hunt meet­ing at Ballindenisk in Cork, Richard Black (Bun­clody) had his sec­ond win of the sea­son with im­pos­ing new­comer Mount Rush­moore (Shan­tou-Knock on the Door), un­der James Han­non, in the five-years-old plus geld­ings’ maiden, hold­ing on by a head from Gerry Man­gan on Supremely Lucky.

Black hit the head­lines at the Tat­ter­salls Chel­tenham sale back in March when he sold his five-year-old mare, Maire Ban­righ (out of King’s The­atre), for a mares’ world record £320,000. He’ll be hop­ing for some­thing sim­i­lar with Mount Rush­moore.

Car­low Farm­ers race at Bor­ris House on Sun­day, the Louth Hunt race at Tat­ter­salls Farm, and there’s a meet in Boulta in Cork. These are the last fix­tures be­fore Christ­mas and rac­ing re­sumes at Tem­ple­nacar­riga, Mi­dle­ton, Co. Cork, on De­cem­ber 31.

Barry O’Neill

Colin Bowe

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