Friday 24 January 2020

Four-timer for champion O’Neill

Barry O’Neill rode four winners at Castletown-Geogheganon Sunday
Barry O’Neill rode four winners at Castletown-Geogheganon Sunday

Wexford connections began the point-to-point season with a real bang, with Jamie Codd securing a double at Toomebridge, Co. Antrim, on Saturday, and Barry O'Neill helping himself to a four-timer at Castletown-Geoghegan in Westmeath on Sunday.

Jamie Codd rode the first winner of the season in the four-year-old mares' maiden, with Gale at Sea, owned and trained by Denis Murphy, winning by six lengths.

The daughter of Milan always travelled with purpose before quickening clear from the third last to win in good style.

In fact, the Model county had the first three home in the opening contest, with the Colin Bowe-trained and Barry O'Neill-ridden Whiskey Lullaby second, while Jack Hendrick from Mayglass was on board the Cormac Doyle-trained Classic Lady back in third.

Codd and Murphy doubled up, with Yes Des Taillons winning the maiden race for five- and six-year-old geldings in impressive fashion by five lengths.

Jack Hendrick made a winning return from injury on Cormac Doyle's inmate Annual Invictus, which scored by two and a half lengths in the four-year-old geldings' maiden.

Jockey Rob James also enjoyed an opening day victory as he partnered Some Man to success for Fermanagh trainer David Christie in the winner of one race, with Jamie Codd back in third on Pegase Amour for Liam Lennon.

Barry O'Neill got his season up and running in superb style on Sunday with a four-timer at Castletown-Geoghegan.

His first three winners came for Kiltealy trainer Colin Bowe, while he teamed up David Christie in the final race on the card.

O'Neill was on board Mr Josiey Wales for Bowe in the opening four-year-old maiden, and he overcame getting badly hampered when Flamenco De Kerser fell at the halfway stage to win by three lengths, earning both jockey and trainer their first win of the season.

The reigning champions didn't have to wait long to add to their tally as Pennyforapound overcame a long absence to land the third race on the card, a winner of two contest, by a cosy six lengths.

They made it a treble in the next race as Do Your Job lived up to its name, with the Fame and Glory newcomer giving a flawless exhibition of jumping to win the five- and six-year-old geldings maiden with ease.

O'Neill got his fourth winner of the day in the concluding six-year-old maiden on board Pyrios, dead-heating with Babysean in a driving finish.

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