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As part of a new feature on we will be looking back on season highlights from point-to-points over the years. In this week’s addition we go back 47 years ago to 1970.

The season began at Dungarvan on Monday February 22nd with Connie Vaughan taking a double on J Mansfields Celtic Girl and his own Bisco. Vaughan went on to ride 22 winners and take his third of six overall titles. Also on the card English and Irish Grand National winning trainer, Mouse Morris rode his first point-to-to-point winner on Princess Rooney.

At Askeaton 1975 Champion Leo Hayes got off the mark with Maureen Bawn in the farmers race.
The Ormond meeting at Borrisokane attracted small runners but Helen Bryce Smith scored the opener on Star News. The Star Signal gelding went on to become one of only two horses to have won five races in 1970. Later in the day John Kenny took a double on Adadict and Fairymount. 

Bill McLernon who finished the season joint second in the rider’s title, steered Mrs K Gallagher’s Buy Irish to success in the Killeagh Grand National.

At Punchestown Mrs P Sleator’s Another Flash won the Kildare Hunt Cup by ten lengths under 12st 10lbs with D J Moorhead aboard and won all of his five starts during the season.

The South Westmeath and Westmeath Harriers hosted a fixture at Kilkenny West, Athlone where Cecil Ross took the opening two races on The Pooka and Gallopping Smith while his brother Alan Ross took the final race on A Bannons Backward Glance. Cecil went on to partner The Pooka in the 1972 English Grand national where the pair fell.

At Lingstown on the 3rd March Andrew Kavanagh, who was the joint Champion point-to-point breeder in 2007 with Alfred Buller, scored a double on A Massarellas Garrison Hero and Mrs Downeys Festive Delight.
At Fedamore in Limerick, Dessie McDonagh took the Open Heavyweight on Jon Bon for Mrs McNamee ’Sullivan whilst an hour later Star News won under Helen Bryce Smyth.

At Sligo Billy Vance recorded his first point-to-point success on his own Pegotty VI while Val O’Brien took the maiden on Tubbs who was trained by his father Tommy. Val went on to ride Tubbs in the 1974 English Grand National and finished 14th to Red Rum.

At the Ballymena fixture Willie Rooney took the Gallagher Salver Chase on Copper Kiln who was unbeaten from four starts in 1970. Dessie Osborne took the Harp Lager chase on Sweet Cindy on the same card at Galgorm.

At Liscarroll Speedville under M Hickey took the Open farmers race and went on to win four races throughout the season. Co. Clare handler, Donie Hassett, rode his first point-to-point winner at Patrickswell on Giggincharger VI.

Timmy Jones name first appeared on the winners list in 1970 at Dunsany for the Meath & Tara fixture as he steered Ruth Fly to success and later doubled up on Artic Reveller.

Connie Vaughan narrowly failed to go through the card at Bartlemy when riding four of the five winners and finished second in the other race.

The riders table below contains a selection of people who rode winners during the 1970 season.

22    C.Vaughan,
10    W.A.McLernon, W.E.Rooney,
6    Helen Bryce-Smyth,
5    R.Crawford, J.Flynn, L.Hayes, M.Hickey, J.Kenny, I.Williams,
4    M.Berry, F.Fitzimons, Mrs H.Ferris, J.Fowler, T.A.Jones, E.Rice, Rosemary Stewart,
3    W.P.Browne, P.Lordan, J.J.Murphy, J.O’Riordan, C.Ross,
2    D.Bermingham, B.D.Byrne, A.Kavanagh, R.Martin, Miss J Moore, D.J.Moorhead, V.O’Brien, A.O’Connell,
1    E.J.Cash, W.Cash, P.J.Casserly, J.Dreaper, D.Hassett, J.Hassett, C.D.Hill, R.Filgate, J.E.Kiely, D.McDonagh, A.J.Maxwell, M.Morris, B.O’Brien, D.O’Byrne, T.O’Callaghan, W.J.Vance, V.Wilson, T.Walsh, M. Scott.

To have a look back through some previous years click on the link below.

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