Derek O’Connor consolidated his advantage at the head of the point-to-point riders’ table by partnering a three-timer at yesterday’s well-attended Carbery Hunt point-to-point meeting at Bandon.
Ground conditions were quite testing and the Galwegian’s initial two winners were both supplied by Robert Tyner with the pair opening their account courtesy of the grey Ruairis Cloud (4/7) in the adjacent hunts maiden.
This month’s Tallow runner-up Ruairis Cloud led or disputed the running and the sweet-jumping seven-year-old went on before the second last en-route to defeating Dalus King by a comprehensive nine lengths.
“He liked lobbing away in front and we will probably go for a winners race with him now,” reported Tyner of Ruairis Cloud, owned by John Kingston from Waterfall.
The reigning champion then took the six-year-old and upwards geldings’ maiden, the race that attracted the biggest field of the day in 11 runners, aboard the Tyner-trained Royals And Rebels (5/4).
Similarly, Royals And Rebels was sent off favourite and the recent Belharbour runner-up took up the running travelling well at the fourth last.
Whilst Trixiebarry closed on the flat, teenager David Murphy’s mount was still some two lengths adrift of the Mary Tyner-owned Royals And Rebels at the line.
The Gerry Kelleher-owned/trained/bred Thats My Goal (5/1) completed O’Connor’s hat-trick in the five-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden.
Thats My Goal, placed on four previous occasions, was driven into a couple of lengths advantage after the third last except that she was overtaken after the penultimate of the 15 obstacles by M’s Princess.
O’Connor, who was moving onto the 31 winner mark for the campaign, however conjured a renewed effort from Thats My Goal on the flat and she duly made her way back to the front inside the final 50 yards to oblige by a length from M’s Princess.
Bookmaker Kelleher later dedicated the victory of Thats My Goal to his father-in-law Michael F Murphy who died the previous weekend.
There was a dramatic conclusion to the winners of one, which attracted just four runners, as Kadmer led before the second last and he was in the region of 12 lengths clear when cruelly refusing at the final fence.
In a desperately close finish, the Jimmy Mangan-trained Vanguard (3/1), an own-brother to Oscar Delta, then fought off the mare Michealamystar by one and a half lengths in the hands of Jamie Codd.
Kadmer’s rider Ciaran Fennessy earlier experienced better fortune by guiding his own horse Glenabo Bridge (5/1), trained by former Cork All-Ireland winning footballer Paul O’Flynn, to a comprehensive debut success in the opening five-year-old geldings’ maiden.
The Witness Box-sired Glenabo Bridge disputed the running until he edged into a slender advantage before two out.
The Ballyvodock runner-up No Secrets Here then held every chance in second until the winner asserted on the flat to score by two and a half lengths.
Glenabo Bridge, purchased privately by Fennessy’s father Liam as a three-year-old, is now likely to be offered at the Cheltenham festival sale on St Patrick’s Day.
Chris O’Donovan continues to gain admirers and the 19-year-old from Shanballymore partnered his sixth winner of the season aboard Michael Winters’ teak-tough mare Theatre Princess (9/2) in the open lightweight.
Theatre Princess, who was posting her sixth points success, led before the second last and she then gamely held off the previous Sunday’s Cragmore scorer Big Jer to triumph by one and a half lengths in the colours of Winters’ near-neighbour Eamon Tarrant.
Barryroe Co-Op & Chris McCarthy Greenbuild Ltd 5-Y-O Geldings’ Maiden of €800. 3 Miles
1) C W Fennessy’s Glenabo Bridge
b g (Witness Box – Last Of The Gypsys) 12-1 Mr C W Fennessy
2) D & N Syndicate’s No Secrets Here
12-1 Mr R James
3) Milestone Racing Syndicate’s All My Friends Say
12-1 Mr R Deegan
7 ran. 2 1/2L, Dist. Only 3 Horses Finished. (Winner trained by Paul O’Flynn)
Glenview Motors Macroom Vehicle Testing Centre & Bandon Co-Op Adjacent Hunts Maiden of €800. 3 Miles
1) J Kingston’s Ruairis Cloud
gr g (Cloudings – Icy Belle) 7-12-1 Mr D O’Connor
2) A Hickey’s Dalus King
8-12-1 Mr M D Hickey
3) N Hanley’s Sudski
7-12-1 Mr C W Fennessy
7 ran. 9L, 12L, Dist. (Winner trained by Robert Tyner)
Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens Clonakilty Open Lightweight of €1,000. 3 Miles
1) E Tarrant’s Theatre Princess
b m (King’s Theatre – Super Sammy) 9-11-5 Mr M C O’Donovan
2) E C McCarthy’s Big Jer
(GB) 9-12-1 Mr P J O’Neill
3) Ms R Flynn & D Browne’s Moon Dice
11-11-10 Mr B Browne
7 ran. 1 1/2L, 5L, 1 1/2L. (Winner trained by Michael Winters)
Spring Mount Stud & AIB Bank (Bandon) 6-Y-O & Upwards Geldings’ Maiden of €800. 3 Miles
1) Mrs M Tyner’s Royals And Rebels
b g (Robin Des Pres – Native Deal) 6-12-1 Mr D O’Connor
2) J Murphy’s Trixiebarry
11-11-10 Mr D P Murphy
3) P Callaghan’s Artical Eleven
6-11-10 Mr R W Barron
11 ran. 2L, 1 1/2L, 15L. (Winner trained by Robert Tyner)
Tilehaven, Bandon 5-Y-O & Upwards Mares’ Maiden of €800. 3 Miles
1) G Kelleher’s Thats My Goal
ch m (Golan – D’ygrande) 8-11-10 Mr D O’Connor
2) A Hickey’s M’s Princess
7-11-10 Mr M D Hickey
3) E M O’Sulllivan’s Darsi’s Mistress
7-11-5 Mr E M O’Sullivan
10 ran. 1L, 6L, Nk. (Winner trained by Gerard Kelleher)
Kevin O’Leary & McLaughlins Medical Hall, Bandon Winners Of One of €800. 3 Miles
1) Ms K O’Driscoll’s Vanguard
b g (Oscar – Timerry) 8-12-1 Mr J J Codd
2) Ms M O’Connell’s Michealamaystar
7-11-10 Mr J W Hannon
4 ran. 1 1/2L. Only 2 Horses Finished. (Winner trained by James Joseph Mangan)
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