Power's first success of season
Point-to-point racing resumed after an interval of a month and apart from the big local event at Fairwood Park, Tinahely, there were two meetings in Cork where Wexford connections enjoyed some success.
At the Killeagh Hunt meeting on Sunday, Pierce Michael Power from The Hook trained his first winner of the season in the five-year-old geldings' maiden; Mr. Brinkley (Scorpion-Mandy Sway), with Derek O'Connor in the saddle, impressed when beating the Vincent Halley-trained favourite, Carrigmoorna Matt, by one and a half lengths.
The horse is now bound for the Cheltenham sales.
South Wicklow trainer Aidan Fitzgerald made the long trip south, despite the proximity of the Tinahely meeting, pay off when his Kool Lady (Brian Boru-Sarogini) gave him his first winner of the season in the five-year-old mares' maiden, under a nice ride from Richie Deegan, Borris, Co. Carlow.
The United Hunt raced at Templenacarriga, Lisgoold, in Cork on Saturday.
There were a couple of good Wexford performances but no winners. Michael and Caitríona Goff came closest when Clondaw Nell was second under stable jockey Shane Fitzgerald in the five- and six-year-old mares' maiden, behind Robert Tyner's impressive favourite, Don't Kick Nor Bite.
Jamie Codd was third for John Cullen's Storm at Sea in the six-year-old geldings' maiden, while Mark Scallan was third also on Finnegan's Hollow, for Henry Cleary and G.M. Doyle.
Riding honours in Cork went to perennial champion, Derek O'Connor, who had five winners and five seconds over the two days. He leads this season's championship on 23 winners, from Wexford's Barry O'Neill on 16, Rob James on eleven and Jamie Codd on ten.
Colin Bowe (Kiltealy) shares the lead in the national trainers' race with David Christie on nine each; John Paul Brenan (Camolin) and Donnchadh Doyle (Ballindaggin) are joint fourth with five wins, and Michael Goff (Ferns) is on four.