Double delight for Donnchadh Doyle at Lismore

Donnchadh Doyle appears to have a plethora of talent at his disposal this season and the north Co Wexford-based handler sent out two winners at yesterday’s West Waterford Foxhounds point-to-point fixture at Lismore.

Double delight for Donnchadh Doyle at Lismore

Both were partnered by Rob James and Monbeg Worldwide, purchased by Doyle for the Monbeg Syndicate at last year’s Derby sale, got the ball rolling by recording an emphatic debut success in the four-year-old maiden.

The Lucarno-sired Monbeg Worldwide (3/1 – 5/2), a late-March foal that traces back to Morley Street and Granville Again, led until he was headed at the fourth last.

Monbeg Worldwide drew clear before the final fence to beat Joe Ryan’s Mr Love by four lengths in the style of an outstanding track prospect.

“He’s a smart horse with plenty of gears and he’s got a great attitude. The plan now is that he will go to the Cheltenham festival sale on St Patrick’s Da,” said Doyle.

Monbeg Chit Chat (2/1) completed the Doyle brace in the following five-year-old geldings’ maiden.

The winning son of Kayf Tara effortlessly drew clear on the incline between the final two fences to slam newcomer Kaiser Black by six lengths.

Monbeg Chit Chat will also be offered at the Tattersalls Ireland sale at Cheltenham on St Patrick’s Day.

Racegoers were treated to a gripping finish in the open lightweight with Sam Curling’s BL Swagger (5/4) coming with a perfectly-timed challenge under Derek O’Connor to collar Sydney Paget in the shadow of the post.

The Katie Walsh-ridden Sydney Paget still held the call when erring at the last, but BL Swagger was closing the whole time and got on top in the closing stages to score by a neck.

Darragh Allen, 21, from Araglen partnered his fourth career winner aboard Terence O’Brien’s homebred grey Glencarrig Lad (11/4) in the winners of two. The eight-year-old Glencarrig Lad went for home after the second last and he stayed on dourly on the short run-in to eclipse the fast-finishing Giveabobback by two lengths.

The likelihood is that Glencarrig Lad will now contest the three-mile maiden hunters chase at Cork on Easter Monday.

Villierstown-based owner/trainer Paddy Corkery’s ex-track performer Off The Hoof (7/2) gamely made all the running with Dinny Spillane in the closing confined hunt farmers maiden.

Whilst favourite Ben Arthur threw down a challenge after two out, Off The Hoof asserted coming to the last to score by five lengths.

The John Queally-trained newcomer Roisin A Chroi (5/1) landed the five-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden. Roisin A Chroi touched down in front over the final fence and Gerry Mangan then kept his mount right up to her work to defeat Laura’s Lark by a half-length.

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