Tobin in sparkling form

PAUL TOBIN was in sparkling form at the annual Dawstown point-to-point meeting, run under the auspices of the Muskerry Foxhounds, at Grenagh yesterday.

Tobin partnered three winners and he initiated his hat-trick courtesy of the Philip Goulding-trained Prime Witness (3/1) in the 'winners of three'.

The victorious five-year-old, previously successful in the Tallow confined maiden in February, is owned by Tobin's grand-uncle Paul Allen. Prime Witness was challenged by favourite Tupgill Turbo at the second last. The latter was soon done with as Prime Witness gamely asserted to beat the staying-on Flashy Boy by four lengths.

Tobin then teamed-up with Declan Dorgan to take both sections of the five-year-old and upwards mares maiden. Acoola (8/1), owned by Castlelyons-based Dorgan's wife Ola, hardly had to break sweat in the first division as she eased clear from three out to slam Mon Mor by 25 lengths.

However, Pellerossa (5/1), which represents Dorgan's father John, had to work much harder in the second heat as it was just by a length that she mastered What Am I Tom. A winner’s race could now feature for both Acoola and Pellerossa.

Damian Murphy and Colman Sweeney rode two winners apiece.

Murphy, currently leading the southern riders championship, teamed-up with Raymond Hurley to capture the first part of the five-year-old maiden with Happy Chappie (7/4).

Arctic Tour though was a shade unfortunate as he erred at the final fence and yet was still beaten just a neck by Bandon runner-up Happy Chappie. The winner, homebred by his owner Edward O'Driscoll, is closely related to Whyso Mayo.

Murphy brought his seasonal tally to 33 aboard Tallow Bridge (4/1), trained by the absent Paul Cashman, in the first section of the six-year-old and upwards geldings maiden. Tallow Bridge had his task greatly simplified when debutant Penny Park cruelly unseated his partner at the second last. Tallow Bridge is owned by the five-member Dugout Syndicate that includes Castlemartyr publican Dave Smiddy.

Colman Sweeney completed his brace aboard Monaloo owner/trainer Michael Long's newcomer Norwich County (3/1) in the second part of this older horses maiden. Norwich County ultimately denied the staying-on City Storm by a length.

Sweeney will seldom ride an easier winner than he did aboard the Liam Burke-trained Kerrys Cottage (4/5) in the mares open. Kerrys Cottage eased to the front after four out to oblige by a distance from Hazel Toi.

A hunter’s chase could possibly feature on the six-year-old's itinerary at some stage. Kerrys Cottage was bred by Listowel photographer Liam Healy and the Kerry snapper is a member of the four-strong Island Bridge Racing Club that own the Leading Counsel-sired mare.

Richie Harding rode his initial winner for Louis Archdeacon aboard Snowey Burnfort (8/1) in the adjacent hunts maiden, the five-year-old repelling Paserella by three lengths. Snowey Burnfort was crediting Burnfort-based Jerry Linehan with his first winner as an owner.

The John O'Callaghan-trained Rebel Spirit (5/2), a graduate of last year's Land Rover sale, went one better than he did at Ballynoe last month by denying the promising Glenarouske with Thomas Feeney in the second division of the five-year-old maiden. Rebel Spirit is owned by the Tango Three Syndicate that comprises Maura Healy, Liam Casey plus Don and Teresa Ryan from Cobh.

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