Champ O’Neill will be hard to shift

Enniscorthy Guardian - - SPORT -

CHAM­PION RIDER Barry O’Neill showed he is go­ing to be hard to shift with a tre­ble at the Kilkenny Hunt meet­ing on Sun­day, on a day when the Wex­ford con­nec­tions were in dom­i­nant form here and at the Stone­hall Har­ri­ers meet­ing in Lim­er­ick.

O’Neill won the older geld­ings’ maiden on John Hal­ley’s Lis­ron­agh Stone by just over a length from Rob James on Don­nachadh Doyle’s Re­ally Rad­i­cal.

He dou­bled up in the Win­ner of Two on Paul Nolan’s im­pres­sive Shaw­shank, which may now be bound for the sales ring.

He com­pleted the tre­ble in the con­clud­ing older horses’ maiden on Kiera Royale for David Kelly from Ne­nagh.

He was de­nied a four-timer by a head in an ex­cit­ing fin­ish to the five- and six-years-old mares’ maiden by Rob James on D.J. Ryan’s Re­mem­ber Jack, be­ing pipped on Vin­cent Hal­ley’s Be­liou Le Fume, with the Cor­ri­g­ans from Black­wa­ter third on Gold Time.

De­nis Mur­phy had his first four-year-old maiden win­ner of the sea­son with High­gate Hill un­der Si­mon Ca­vanagh who kept cool when hin­dered by a loose horse.

In Lim­er­ick, Tier­nan Power-Roche (Tomhag­gard) scored on Michael and Ash­leigh Mur­phy’s (Dun­cormick) Costly Di­a­mond (out of Mahler), beat­ing Colin Bowe’s Sub­tle Quest un­der James Kenny.

In the four-year-old geld­ings’ maiden, Michael Goff kept up his good run with Lou Trek scor­ing un­der Shane Fitzger­ald, while Jimmy O’Rourke won Di­vi­sion 2 on Pi­canha by a short head for An­drew Latta, from Luke Mur­phy on Ellen Doyle’s De­fu­ture is Bright.

Jamie Codd had to wait un­til the con­clud­ing older geld­ings’ maiden to get his win­ner of the week­end on Daryl and Wil­liam Dea­con’s Coach Road. The son of Sen­dawar was cer­tainly not win­ning out of turn, hav­ing been sec­ond five times.

O’Neill is on eleven win­ners, three ahead of Rob James and six clear of Derek O’Con­nor. Don­nachadh Doyle is lead­ing han­dler with five win­ners, one ahead of Colin Bowe at this early stage.

Next week­end sees the first meet­ing of the sea­son within the county with the Wex­ford Hunt rac­ing at Bal­lina­boola on Sun­day, with the first flag fall­ing at 12 noon.

They race at Loughan­more, Co. Antrim, and Lis­ron­agh, Co. Tip­per­ary, on Satur­day, and at Drom­a­hane, Co. Cork, on Sun­day.

Rob James (jockey), Colin Bowe (trainer), John Hore (Busi­ness Man­ager, GAIN Equine Nu­tri­tion) and Barry O’Neill (jockey) at the launch of the GAIN Mares Se­ries which kicked off with the Kilkenny point-to-point on Sun­day. The se­ries has been run­ning for al­most three decades and covers 21 legs in seven coun­ties, with the fi­nal tak­ing place in Bal­ly­noe, Co. Cork, on Sun­day, March 31, 2019.

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