Su­per day’s rac­ing at Fair­wood Park

Bray People - - SPORT -

THE Wick­low Hunt re­turned to Fair­wood Park for a sec­ond year, after a 21-year ab­sence, to run their point to point on Sun­day last. It was a beau­ti­ful day and some great horse rac­ing was en­joyed by many, fol­lowed by a pony race.

The first race which was spon­sored by Mill House Ve­teri­nary, WMQS and Bas­tion, and was dom­i­nated by Wex­ford train­ers and was won by On My Wish List trained by Mary Doyle in En­nis­cor­thy and rid­den by Luke Mur­phy from Inch who pow­ered clear up the hill to win in good style.

The run­ner up was Flam­ing Glory trained by De­nis Mur­phy and rid­den by Jamie Codd.

The sec­ond race spon­sored by The Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal, Gorey, was won by Would You By­pass trained in Ballindag­gin by Cormac Doyle and was rid­den by the 19-year-old Jack Hen­drick to give Jack his first win­ner. The run­ner up was Maine Dan­ger trained by Nigel Slevin and rid­den by L J McGuin­ness.

The third race, spon­sored by Sheri­dan Colo­han In­sur­ance Bro­kers, again went to a Wex­ford trainer, John Paul Bren­nan from Camolin.

No Hid­den Charges dug deep on the run to the last to fend off a num­ber of chal­lengers and was rid­den by James Walsh, no stranger to the win­ners en­clo­sure in Fair­wood.

The run­ner up was trained by Don­n­chadh Doyle and rid­den by Rob James with the odds-on favourite Pre­sent­ing Europe rid­den by Jamie Codd in third place.

The fourth race, spon­sored by Do­ran W O’Toole So­lic­i­tors, was won by Bal­li­nasilla, trained in Black­wa­ter by Ber­nadette Mur­phy and gave jockey Luke Mur­phy his sec­ond win­ner of the day.

The run­ner up was re­cent course win­ner No More Mon­keys trained by John Walsh, Pre­ban, and rid­den by James Walsh.

The fifth race, spon­sored by T Swaine & Sons Ltd and Ka­vanagh Tar­mac Ltd, was won by the odds on favourite Gor­don El­liott trained Kruzh­linn un­der jockey Barry O’Neill. This horse is owned by Camilla Sharples, trav­el­ling head lass for Gor­don, who rode the win­ner of the Up The Yard race at Punchestown the pre­vi­ous af­ter­noon.

The run­ner up was Log­gan Lady trained lo­cally by John Walsh, Bal­ly­day, and rid­den by Barry Walsh.

The sixth race of the day, spon­sored by The Red Rider and Peaky Ben­nett, was won by Bog Lane Baby in a thrilling fin­ish.

This horse is trained by Wil­lie Mur­phy in Rathoe and was rid­den by his wife, Moira McEl­lig­ott. The run­ner up was Get­away Home trained by Pe­ter McCreery and rid­den by C Nu­gent.

The day con­cluded with a pony race kindly spon­sored by Kil­la­clo­ran Con­nemaras with four ponies go­ing to post.

The mounted stew­ards on the day led the field to set the pace and turn­ing up the hill for the fin­ish they pulled off the track when the ponies re­ally got down to race.

The win­ner was Aine Sharry of the Shil­le­lagh Pony Club rid­ing Wind­song Time­less and run­ner up was an­other Shil­le­lagh Pony Club mem­ber, Rachel Darcy, rid­ing Pepes Jess.

Maine Dan­ger with LJ Mc Guin­ness heads for home. Pho­tos: Joe Byrne

Hugh Doyle and Mia Wright.

Michael Darcy and Ed­die Walsh.

Ju­lia and Kath­leen Mur­phy from Black­wa­ter.

Gar­reth Byrne, Red­cross.

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