Six out of six in Tinahely
The Bray Hunt meeting took place at Fairwood, Tinahely, on Sunday, and it was a clean sweep of the six races for Wexford riders; Ballindaggin's Barry O'Neill had a marvellous four-timer and Jamie Codd and Barry John Walsh from Gorey chipped in with one each.
Five of those winners were Wexford-trained also with John Paul Brennan (Camolin) having a double and one each for Colin Bowe, Leonard Whitmore (Blackwater) and John Walsh (Gorey). It was a good day's sport, in dry but very windy conditions.
Colin Bowe is really hitting his stride again and he trained four winners over the weekend. His Timewaitsfornoone (Oscar-Trendy Attire) scored in the colours of his wife, Brigid, in the Magee Family four-year-old maiden, under Barry O'Neill, following up on second at Punchestown a week earlier. This was a noteworthy display.
Jamie Codd was second on Gordon Elliott's Mind's Eye just a length back, and Rob James was third on Court of Milan, trained by Seán Doyle (Ballindaggin).
Codd got his winner in the second race, the John Fitzpatrick five-year-old geldings' maiden, on the P.G. Coffey (Tipperary) owned and trained Late Date who seemed to thrive in the heavy conditions. Second here was Colin Bowe's Don't be Short, ridden by Rob James.
Barry O'Neill got his second in the Durkan Family open four-year-old plus for non-maidens, coming in a comfortable four lengths clear on Need to Know (Definite Article-Desperado Queen), for Camolin's John Paul Brennan, in the colours of his wife, Marie.
The very same combination struck again in the next, the John R. Fitzpatrick Agricultural Contractor five-year-old mares' maiden. Their Sparkling River (Indian River-Full Deck) romped home to give the Brennans a double.
In an all-Wexford finish, Lexife was second under Gary Murphy (Ballycullane) for trainer Paddy Cloke (Bree) and owner Eamonn Sinnott, and third was Clonagan under Shane Fitzgerald for trainer Richie Rath (Screen) and owner Joe Roberts, but they finished well strung out.
In the Fitzpatrick, Gallagher, McEvoy Solicitors winner of two, the first four home were all from Wexford. It was win number four for Barry O'Neill, this time on Flahertys Gap (Craigsteel-All Points), trained by Leonard Whitmore (Blackwater) for the Fort Road Syndicate from Gorey. This was a second win in a row for 'The Gap'.
Second was Redbridge Rudi, just foiled of three wins in a row, under Gary Murphy (Ballycullane) for Ashleigh and Michael Murphy (Duncormick); third was Ballydarsi, ridden by Barry Walsh for his father, John (Ballyday, Gorey), and fourth was Von Trappe under Eddie Keating (Gusserane) for Don Cashman (Rathgarogue).
The Walshs turned the tables in the final race, The Kent Carty Solrs. and O'Donnell Property six-year-old plus geldings' maiden for novice riders; Barry got Singing Banjo (Generous-Mille Fleurs) up by half a length in an exciting finish.
Second was Elusive Classic, ridden by Pat O'Sullivan for Susan and Donal O'Gorman (all from Kellystown, Adamstown); third was Pat the Pigeon, ridden by Luke John Murphy (Inch) for Donnchadh Doyle (Ballindaggin).
There are four meetings scheduled for next weekend: the Tynan and Armagh Harriers on Saturday, and on Sunday the Carbery Foxhounds at Kilpatrick, Bandon; the East Clare Harriers at Killaloe, and the Kilkenny Foxhounds at Kilbline, Bennettsbridge.