Four Wexford winners on point-to-point scene
Three weekend point-to-point meetings produced just four Wexford winners, trained by Liz Doyle, Colin Bowe, Donnchadh Doyle and John P. Brennan, while Rob James led the way with a riding double and Barry O'Neill was on the mark in Cork.
The sport began on Saturday with the East Antrim Harriers in Loughanmore, and the one Wexford winner was significant as it was the first of the season for Donnchadh Doyle, last year's joint champion trainer.
Rob James steered home A Bold Move (Shantou-Spirit of Gold) for Doyle and the Monbeg Syndicate in the winner of one. He joined the leader at the last and ran on well.
John Berry's Cootamundra was second again under Derek O'Connor in the open four-year-old, while best of the day for Colin Bowe, the other joint champion trainer, was Rio Bravo under Mark Scallan (Cleariestown) in the four-year-old maiden.
On Sunday, Rob James was on the mark again at Dowth in the Meath and Tara Foxhounds meeting on Skip A Beat (Kalinisi-Desperado Queen) for Marie and John P. Brennan from Monasootha, Camolin. This one has been running really well and is now for sale. James is third in the riders' table on six winners.
Crossabeg's Liz Doyle is more known on the track now as a successful trainer, but she began her career in points and was once champion lady rider. She sent out Tomngerry (Craigsteel-Lady Vic) to win the five-year-old geldings' maiden for Thomas Murphy under J.J. King. Third here was Park Steel under Rob James for trainer Seán Finn from Killinick.
The Duhallow Foxhounds met at Dromahane near Fermoy in Co. Cork, and here Barry O'Neill had his seventh winner of the season; he's two behind Derek O'Connor in second on the table at this early stage.
He took it up at the last in the four-year-old mares' maiden on Lady Milan (Milan-Terre D'Orient) for Colin Bowe's fourth winner of the season, owned by Paul Gibbons. Harley Dunne (Ballindaggin) was second for the Corrigans on Molzac.
Only other notable Wexford showing was in the four-year-old geldings' maiden where Jimmy O'Rourke from Ballycogley was second on Megabucks for Denis Murphy from The Ballagh and owner Maria Byrne. Third was Poetic Rhythm, ridden by Harley Dunne for Róisín Hickey from Tipperary.
Next weekend there are two meetings on Sunday, with the Kilkenny Foxhounds at Thomastown and the Roscommon Harriers at Rockfield.