O’Neill pulls off surprise double
Lisa O’Neill, whose success on Wrath Of Titans in last season’s Kerry National at Listowel was her first win over fences under Rules, recorded a remarkable double yesterday when she took the feature event at the Listowel Festival for the second year running, this time aboard the 8-1 chance Potters Point.
O’Neill, an amateur jockey who works in a variety of roles at Gordon Elliott’s stable in County Meath, also won the JT McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival in March aboard the 2014 Triumph Hurdle winner, Tiger Roll. With her latest big-race success she has won a total of four races over fences, including two which were worth €103,000 (£93,000) to the winner and another with a first prize of £72,000.
Potters Point was one of three runners in the field from the Elliott stable, a team that included A Toi Phil, the 7-1 joint-favourite with the leading professional Davy Russell in the saddle. Russell’s mount finished down the field, however, as O’Neill drove Potters Point to a half-length defeat of Joseph O’Brien’s Arkwrisht, who, like the winner, carried the colours of the owner Michael O’Leary.
“I’m getting fond of Listowel,” O’Neill said. “Winning this race twice and also Tiger Roll at Cheltenham is fantastic, but I’m privileged to be part of a great team.”