Five wins from six
Productive day for Wexford at Borris
It was an extremely busy week on the point-to-point scene with the main south-east interest focussed on the Carlow Farmers' Foxhounds meeting at Borris House on Sunday where the Wexford connections had another very good day, collecting five of the six races.
In addition, there was St. Patrick's Day racing at Ballynoe in Cork, a meeting on Saturday in Maralin, Co. Down, and other Sunday fixtures in Cork, Galway and Tipperary.
A number of Wexford stables are spreading themselves very widely with Denis Murphy from The Ballagh sending horses to three different meetings on Sunday, and he had winners in Cork on St. Patrick's Day, Athenry and Mallow on Sunday.
Donnchadh Doyle from Ballindaggin and Colin Bowe from Kiltealy also sent out big teams.
In Borris, Jamie Codd and Barry O'Neill both had winning doubles, Robbie James from Killanne kept up his good strike rate with another winner, and the other race was won by Richie Deegan from just across the border in St. Mullins, Carlow.
It was actually James who struck first, winning the five-year-old geldings' maiden for the Monbeg Syndicate and trainer Donnchadh Doyle on A Bold Move.
He just held off Colin's Bowe's newcomer, Flans O Man, under Barry O'Neill, by half a length, with Jamie Codd third on Denis Murphy's Prince of Steal.
Deegan's winner came in the second race, the five- and six-year-old mares' maiden, on Ice Baby, who upset the odds by seeing off Jamie Codd on the hot favourite, Lough Derg Cruise. It was Codd's turn in the third, the mares' winner of three race; he won on the eight-year-old Windy Millie for John Kiely and Robert Widger and this marked his 50th win of the season. O'Neill filled second spot on Winnie Cooper for trainer Charles Maguire.
Codd completed his double in the next, the confined five-year-old maiden, winning a tactical three-runner event comfortably on Western Home for Cork handler, Aidan Fitzgerald.
Barry O'Neill had a difficult time last weekend, shipping quite a few falls, but he showed his resilience by taking the final two races at Borris.
He got home by four lengths on veteran eleven-year-old Sebadee with a clever front-running ride in the open four-year-old plus race for Kildare trainer, Denis Cullen, with Mark Scallan from Cleariestown and Jamie Codd following him in.
In the last, the six-year-old plus maiden, O'Neill completed the double with an impressive twelve lengths win on Golden Investment to also make it a double for the Monbeg Syndicate and trainer Donnchadh Doyle.
Details of the Carlow Farmers Foxhounds meeting at Borris House - Ballyhane Stud five-year-old geldings' maiden: 1, A Bold Move (Shantou-Sprint for Gold), owned by Monbeg Syndicate; trainer, Donnchadh Doyle (rider, Robbie James); half a length; 2, Flans O Man, Milestone Racing Partnership; Colin Bowe (Barry O'Neill), three lengths; 3, Prince of Steal, Anthony Ryan, Denis Paul Murphy (J.J. Codd).
Adesco Nuticines, Bagenalstown five- and six-year-old mares' maiden: 1, Ice Baby (Iceman-Evasive Quality), for Carmel O'Regan; Frank Oakes (R. Deegan), three lengths; 2, Lough Derg Cruise, for P.G. Coffey (J.J. Codd), three lengths; 3, Shine Away for Kevin F. O'Donnell (P.A. O'Donnell).
Duninga Gallops mares' winners of three: 1, Windy Millie (Flemensfirth-Windy Bee), for John P. Kiely; Robert Widger (J.J. Codd), two and a half lengths; 2, Winnie Cooper for Charles Maguire and Clair O'Neill/Charles J. Maguire (B.O'Neill), eight lengths; 3, Definite Lily for Emily Hart/J.V. Redmond (N.J. Redmond).
John M. Foley & Company Solicitors five-year-old plus confined maiden: 1, Western Home (Kalanise-Western Road), for Raymond E. Burroughs/Aidan Fitzgerald (J.J. Codd), ten lengths; 2, Another Time for Mary Halligan; Aidan Fitzgerald (R. Deegan), four lengths; 3, Oak Vintage for Rachel O'Neill/John Joseph Hanlon (Barry O'Neill).
Connollys Red Mills Open four-year-old plus (mdns. Excl.): 1, Sebadee (Cape Cross-Phyllode), for A.M. Cullen; Denis W. Cullen (Barry O'Neill), four lengths; 2, Elmbridge King for Seán Connick; John Martin Walsh (Mark Scallan), three and a half lengths; 3, Theroadtocroker, for Maria Byrne; Denis Paul Murphy (J.J. Codd).
Goresbridge Bloodstock Sales six-year-old plus maiden: 1, Golden Investment (Gold Well-Mangan Pet) for Monbeg Syndicate; Donnchadh Doyle (Barry O'Neill), twelve lengths; 2, All Fired Up for Brendan O'Byrne; Seán Byrne (J.J. O'Neill), six lengths; 3, Admiral Bob for John P. Markham; Helen Markham (N.J. Redmond).