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UK Point-to-Point Round Up - 14th March

UK Point-to-Point Round Up - 14th March

The UK point-to-point season had a busy weekend of fixtures with six meetings held across the country after having to cancel all meetings on the opening weekend of March due to the inclement weather brought by Storm Emma.

The Duke of Beaufort’s fixture at Didmarton in Gloucestershire on Saturday 10th March saw five former Irish pointers in the winner’s enclosure.

SPOTLIGHT HORSE: Punter Friendly

The ten-year-old Punter Friendly got off the mark on his second start this season when he ran out the seven length winner in the hunt member’s race. Third at Kinsale in a four-year-old maiden, the son of Turtle Island was recording back-to-back victories in the race for the Ed Walker yard.

Other winners on the day included the David Gibbs-trained Nuevo Molino in the restricted race for her owner, Claire Sherriff. The daughter of Presenting ran four times last season for Dr Joseph O'Keeffe with her best run coming at Boulta in January where she was third.

Carrig Dubh made his first start in nearly two years a winning one when he took the intermediate race on the day over the three-time placed Irish pointer Glory Hunter.

Also winning at Didmarton was Different Gravey in the club members on what was the former Michael Goff-trained runner’s first appearance in UK point-to-points having won five races on the track for Nicky Henderson as well as Kinsale maiden winner Skylander for the Sam Holdsworth yard.


Kingston Blount in Oxfordshire also held a meeting on Saturday.

The seven-year-old Keel Over registered his second UK point-to-point success when he won the restricted race for his new handler, Michael Kehoe. The son of Gamut had been under the care of Cormac Doyle, with his most recent run being at Aghabullogue on the 07th January where he was second to Emerald Chieftain having also finished third at Mainstown in December.

Mistercobar who was runner-up at Tyrella 12 months ago for Graham McKeever, won on his fourth UK point-to-point start for his new trainer Fred Hutsby. The son of Nicobar probably won’t enjoy an easier win in his career as he was the only horse to finish in the open maiden.


Charlton Horethorne in Somerset staged its fixture of the season which saw three Irish pointers in the winners enclosure.

SPOTLIGHT HORSE: Carraig Mor

Ballindenisk maiden winner Carraig Mor (pictured) enjoyed great success on the track since his debut having won a Grade two chase at Newbury three years ago and opened his account in UK points by registering a ten length win in the men’s open for Christopher Barber who also owns the ten-year-old.

Toby Maguire, third at Loughrea in October in a four-year-old maiden for John Hanlon, won the open maiden for Charles Levinson having been bought for £14,500 by Highflyer Bloodstock in the Tattersalls Ireland Ascot November sale. 

Robin De Boss, placed on three occasions for Martin Cullinane, took his second win of the season when he won the Hunt Members race for the Jo Hepburn yard who also rode the son of Robin Des Pres.


Action continued in Wales on Sunday with four Irish pointers registering further success at Bangor-On-Dee.

SPOTLIGHT HORSE: Alright Chief

A six length winner of the open maiden for Sam Allwood, Alright Chief had finished runner-up at the same track in February. The son of Daylami had finished runner-up at Horse and Jockey two years ago when in the care of Colin Bowe.

Optimised, who was fourth in a four-year-old maiden at Dawstown in May 2016 when under the care of Pat Doyle, made it two wins from two runs in UK points when he took the restricted race. Now trained by Phil Rowley, Optimised was also placed twice under rules for Gordon Elliot and Gigginstown House stud. The son of Stowaway was sold for £18,000 to Highflyer Bloodstock at the Goffs UK September sale.

Stoleaway returned to winning ways in the club member’s race providing Philip Rowley with a treble on the day. A winner at Killaloe three years ago for Paurick O’Connor, the son of Stowaway had not won since taking a hunter chase at Bangor-On-Dee two years ago.

Ballyrath, a runner for Colin McKeever in 2014 registered his first UK point-to-point win when he was the three and a three quarter length winner of the confined race for his new handler Heidi Brookshaw.


The southern fixture at Hackwood Park saw one Irish graduate in the winner’s enclosure with League of His Own take the restricted race for Kieran Price. The Loughanmore maiden winner for Graham McKeever saw off the challenge of Dowth Hall winner Double you Be by three quarters of a length.


The Suffolk meeting at Ampton four Irish pointers in the winner’s enclosure.

SPOTLIGHT HORSE: Hawkhurst

The Alan Hill-trained Hawkhurst made it back-to-back victories at Ampton when he took the conditions race by five lengths having won there in the January. A winner at Boulta in 2014 for Denis Leahy, the son of Flemensfirth was formerly trained by Paul Nicholls for JP McManus.

Other winners on the day included the former Terence O’Brien-trained Blue Mountain Boy, who was a dual winner last season at Inch and Dromahane in April, enjoyed an easy success in the ladies open in the hands of Gina Andrews as he was the only finisher in the four-runner race.

Dromahane mares’ maiden winner Kalabaloo won the restricted race for Tom Ellis providing Gina Andrews with a treble on the day.

Also scoring at Ampton was Galros Lady in the hunt member’s race for Andrew Pennock. The now eight-year-old was fifth at Lisronagh two years ago and has now won six UK point-to-points for her owner, trainer and jockey combination.

DATE COURSE HORSE RACE IRISH HANDLER YEAR
10.03.18 Didmarton Punter Friendly Hunt Members Brian Hassett 2012
10.03.18 Didmarton Carraig Dubh Intermediate Martin Diarmuid O'Sullivan 2015
10.03.18 Didmarton Different Gravey Club Members Michael Goff 2014
10.03.18 Didmarton Skylander Conditions W.F.Codd 2014
10.03.18 Didmarton Nuevo Molino Restricted Dr Joseph O'Keeffe 2017
 10.03.18 Kingston Blount Mistercobar Open Maiden Graham McKeever 2017
 10.03.18 Kingston Blount Keel Over Restricted Cormac Doyle 2018
 10.03.18 Kingston Blount Subtitle Intermediate S Slevin 2016
 11.03.18 Charlton Horethorne Robin Des Boss Hunt members M O Cullinane 2016
 11.03.18 Charlton Horethorne  Toby Maguire Open Maiden John Hanlon 2017
 11.03.18  Charlton Horethorne  Carraig Mor  Mens open Adrain Maguire 2012
 11.03.18 Bangor-On-Dee Ballyrath Confined Colin McKeever 2014
 11.03.18  Bangor-On-Dee  Optimised Restricted P M J Doyle 2016
 11.03.18  Bangor-On-Dee  Alright Chief Open maiden Colin Bowe 2016
 11.03.18  Bangor-On-Dee  Stoleaway Club members Pauric O'Connor  2016
 11.03.18 Hackwood Park League Of His Own Restricted Graham McKeever 2016
 11.03.18 Ampton Hawkhurst Conditions Denis Leahy 2014
 11.03.18 Ampton Blue Mountain Boy Ladies Open  Terence O'Brien  2017
 11.03.18 Ampton Kalabaloo Restricted Sam Curling 2017
 11.03.18 Ampton Chosen Rose Open Maiden Shirley Berry 2016
 11.03.18 Ampton Galros Lady Hunt Members David Harry Kelly 2015


 


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