Fine tre­ble for O’Neill in Long­ford

Gorey Guardian - - SPORT - POINT-TO-POINT

CHAM­PION point-to-point rider, Barry O’Neill, struck back af­ter a blank the pre­vi­ous week to score a tre­ble at the West­meath and Long­ford Hunt meet­ing at Cor­beagh House in Long­ford on Sun­day.

He won Di­vi­sion 2 of the four-year-old maiden in driv­ing rain with Colin Bowe’s Mon­beg Rac­ing’s Killer Clown, see­ing off Jimmy O’Rourke (Wex­ford) on Jonathan Fog­a­rty’s (Cleariestown) Carry on the Magic and Pres, rid­den by Rob James for Donnchadh Doyle.

O’Neill dou­bled up in the five-year-old geld­ings’ maiden on Des­ti­na­tion Dy­lan for Shane Dono­hoe (Ca­van), four lengths clear of Rob James on Ran Rite for David M. O’Brien, with Rocket Lad third for Kieran Roche (Adamstown) un­der James Walsh.

The Kil­tealy man brought up his tre­ble on Gor­don El­liott’s Kru­zlinin which was win­ning a third Open race of the sea­son. O’Neill was beaten into sec­ond on David Christie’s Kad­mer by his great ri­val, Derek O’Con­nor, in the Win­ner of Three, with James Walsh third on his dad’s No More Mon­keys.

Rob James had a cou­ple of sec­onds and a third, but he did hit the top spot in the open­ing Di­vi­sion 1 of the four-year-old maiden, on Donnchadh Doyle’s Buzz De Tur­co­ing, with Si­mon Ca­vanagh third on John Paul Bren­nan’s Brandy Cross.

Jimmy O’Rourke came very close to a win­ner in the five-year-old mares’ maiden, fail­ing by a short head on Paul Martin Pierce’s (Kil­lurin) Airgead Suas to the Pa King-rid­den Le Ha­chette.

The soften­ing of the ground is al­low­ing a lot more horses to run now, and the United Hunt meet­ing at Ballindenisk in Cork at­tracted 90 run­ners, though there was a small enough Wex­ford con­tin­gent.

Jamie Codd went down to ride two for De­nis Mur­phy be­fore then head­ing up the road to Fairy­house where he won the bumper on Gor­don El­liott’s En­voi Allen (see rac­ing re­view).

It was worth it as Codd won Di­vi­sion 1 of the four-year-old maiden on the Mur­phy-owned and trained Over­thetop, with Tiernan Power-Roche (Tomhag­gard) third on Ash­leigh Mur­phy’s Howya Hun. Codd was fourth in Di­vi­sion 2 on What­sup­with­you with his other ride.

Richie Dee­gan and han­dler Ai­dan Fitzger­ald made the long trip from Bor­ris in Car­low pay off with a win in the five-year-old mares’ maiden with Ros­foyle, de­spite a last fence blun­der, with Har­ley Dunne sec­ond on Michael Hourigan’s Os­car Bon­nie.

Barry O’Neill is lead­ing rider with 17, from Rob James and Derek O’Con­nor (14) and Jamie Codd (ten).

This Sun­day, the Car­low Farmers race at Bor­ris House, the Louth Hunt at Tattersalls, Fairy­house, and the United Hunt at Boulta in Cork.

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