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UK Point-to-Point Round Up

UK Point-to-Point Round Up

The 2017/18 UK point-to-point season kicked off on the 19th November at Bishops Court in Devon and will run until mid-June next year.

Last season, former Irish point-to-pointers dominated the weekend’s fixtures which resulted in them winning a staggering 423 races throughout the season with also the top four finishing horses in the Connollys Red Mills Champion Horse category being Irish point-to-point graduates.

Pointview Gale, a former Liam Lennon inmate who last ran in Ireland in February this year when he finished sixth to Foxrock in the hunters chase at Leopardstown, started his 2017/18 campaign off well with a win at Bishops Court in the open maiden for his new yard of Kayley Woollacott.

The eight-year-old who ran in eight Irish point-to-points, had passed the post in front in the hunters chase at Down Royal on St. Patrick’s Day last year but was later disqualified resulting in Goldmineinthesky being awarded the race. The son of Exit To Nowhere is a half-brother to the consistent point-to-point mare, Maple Valley Gale who won three races and was placed a further seven times between the flags.

The next action came at Barbury racecourse in Wiltshire on Sunday 26th November where four of the six winners on the day were former Irish pointers.

The former Colin Bowe-trained William Money kicked off preceding’s in the Club members race where he won by a comfortable eight lengths for the grandfather and grandson duo of David and Charlie Brace over another Irish point-to-point graduate in Just Cause.

Second at Bishops Court the previous week, the ten-year-old was last seen at Inch in 2012 when finishing third to King Massini.

The next winner Iberico (pictured), who had won at the same track in January on the same day as his former handler Padge Berry passed away, registered his tenth UK point-to-point success of his career when he took the Mixed Open for his trainer/rider combination of Sam Jukes and owners Clive and Eileen Bennett. The eleven-year-old won his six-year-old maiden at Lisronagh in May 2012 which was also Padge Berry’s final point-to-point winner to train.

Chasforgold was another Irish point-to-point graduate to make a winning seasonal reappearance when he won the Intermediate race on the card providing a double on the day for owners Clive and Eileen Bennett.

Second at Castletown-Geoghegan in the five-and-six-year-old geldings’ maiden for Karl Thornton in April 2014, the son of Gold Well has been a consistent servant for his new connections having now won three UK point-to-points as well as finishing second on three occasions.

The most recent Irish point-to-point runner to get off the mark at Barbury was the former Neil McKnight-trained Lily’s Got Wings when she won the 2m4f four-five-and-six-year old maiden for her new handler, Julie Wadland by an impressive 23 lengths.

The five-year-old daughter of Winged Love had three runs in Irish point-to-points in the Spring time, with her best run coming at Tyrella in March when she finished fifth to Howaya Aoife.

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