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The season got underway at Lisgoold on January 2nd with Ultra Flutter a useful flat recruit from the Michael Hourigan yard winning the six-year-old maiden. Within five weeks he had made history by winning his maximum four wins in a five week period.

At Slanemore Enda Bolger’s Champion Hunter, Elegant Lord outclassed Watercourse by four lengths.
There was doubles at Dungarvan for both Tom and Dermot Costello. Tom scored aboard Wee River and Idea l while Dermot was aboard The Silver Rolls and Looking Ahead.

At Ballon Philip Fenton won the maiden on Sergeant Mullarkey while six-times track winner Sister Stephanie won the mares’ maiden under Johnny Berry.

First Winner

John Thomas McNamara rode his first winner at Askeaton on Tullovin Castle in the mares’ maiden. John Thomas would go onto be one of the most successful point-to-point riders in the history of the sport. Having ridden 602 point-to-point winners during his career, he had success for countless different trainers and owners in the four provinces of Ireland until his passing in 2016 following a three year battle with an injury he sustained from a fall at the Cheltenham Festival. Poignantly, John Thomas’ last point-to-point winner was at Askeaton in 2013.

Alfie Evans and Greenhall won the opener at Ashford where Barry Fitzgerald steered the useful Even Flow to success in the maiden while Colm Murphy got off the mark on Slaney Standard and Killenagh Moss.

At Templemore Tristan Barry won the Open on The Bird O’Donnell while Patrick Millington won the five year-old-maiden on Gaelic Warrior.  There was a Lingstown treble for John Berry including Aly Daley in the maiden. Berry went on take his ninth Eastern title.

Enda Bolger enjoyed a treble at Friarstown in spite of being four pounds overweight on Daras Course, The Boolya and Talk Sence.

Tony Costello won on Buck Rogers at The Pigeons who became a talented chaser. He went on to win five races for Victor Bowens including the Irish Field Chase and a John Durkan Chase.

At Gowran Kevin O’Donnell was unlucky on Brambleshine who came down at the last when looking in control. Her off spring include Baby Shine who won a four-year-old maiden at Kilsheelan before going onto win seven races for Lucy Wadham.

Brian Hamilton won the Armagh Open on Loughbrickland by a length from Neda Charmer.
John Quinn scored a treble at Tyrella on Tadila, Glenalla Star and Bee Moy Do. At Dromahane Tom Lomabard scored a four-timer on Mindyourownbusiness, Gracemarie-Katie, Ask Me Later and is awarded a race on What A Fella having been hampered close home.

There was a double at Bruff for Roger Hurley on Tryfirion in the maiden and Clogher Lord. Tryfirion went on to win eight times for Victor Bowens thereafter. Greg Harford (Linekar and Bobbie Magee) and Henry Cleary (Jigginstown and Persian Abbey) both enjoyed doubles at Punchestown.

John Bright scored a treble at Dundalk on Village Dawn, Kilvilla and Itsuptome while Colin McBratney won the open on Bald Joker. Only five races were held at Sligo where Lucy Townsley and Richard Pugh shared doubles.

Elegant Lord won the Joseph O’Reilly at Fairyhouse beating Linekar  by ten lengths and also gave the runner up 21lbs.  At Aintree Allezmoss and Enda Bolger were the best of the Irish finishing third to Killeshin.

There was a double for Castletownroche-based Kevin O’Sullivan at Ballynoe on Mossy Fortress and Lead The Brave. Seeandbeseen won the Gain Mares Final under Mickey Philips.

13 Races

Buttevant staged thirteen races including an incredible four divides of the mares’ maiden with nineteen in three divisions and eighteen in the other. Had two more horses being declared a five way divide would have been required.

At Corrin Timmy Murphy took the mares’ maiden on Mrs Pegasus.
Pat Healy and Phairy Miracles took the Tetretama at Gowran beating Red Express by 15l.

Future Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Mr Mulligan took a maiden at Nenagh having been unlucky up to that point including slipping up on the run-in in a Cashel Maiden with yards of the line.  At Kinsale Mary Horgan won the ladies open on Cheecky Cheval. James O’Briens Slideofhill and Fingerhill both scored on the final day at Ballingarry under John Bright.

First Winners

Riders to have scored their first points success in 1994 included J T McNamara, Eoin Gallagher, Brian Hassett, Timmy Hyde, Cozzie McGivern, Richie McGrath, Colm Murphy, Kevin O’Sullivan, Kevin Ross, Eamonn Sheehy and James Sheahan.

Enda Bolger took the rider’s title with 42 winners beating Adrian Maguire’s record.

AWARDS VENUE:                    Jury’s Waterford
CHAMPION RIDER:                E.Bolger 42 winners (Record)
CHAMPION LADY:                Lillian Doyle
CHAMPION NOVICE(Under 21):      T.J.Murphy,     K.O’Sullivan
ULSTER CHAMPION:                I.Buchanan
MUNSTER CHAMPION:             E.Bolger
LEINSTER CHAMPION:             J.A.Berry
HORSE OF THE YEAR:               Elegant Lord
LEADING SIRE                    Le Moss

42    E.Bolger
33    A.J.Martin
26    P.Fenton
25    T.Lombard
23    J.A.Berry
17    M.Phillips
14    T.J.Murphy, K.O’Sullivan
13    P.J.Healy
12    D.M.O’Brien
11    I.Buchanan, B.R.Hamilton, J.Lombard
10    K.Whelan
9    J.Bright
8    J.P.Berry, H.F.Cleary, D.Keane, P.McMahon, J.A.Quinn
7    D.P.Costello, Lillian Doyle, W.Ewing, P.M.Kelly,
            D.G.Murhy, W.M.O’Sullivan
6    J.A.Flynn, P.F.Graffin, G.J.Harford
5    R.Hurley, C.A.McBratney, R.J.Patton, Lucy Townsley
4    J.Baragry, T.J.Barry, J.T.Codd, A.G.Costello, G.Martin, P.J.Millington, C.A.Murphy, J.A.Nash, J.G.O’Connell, B.Moran, J.Quigley, K.Ross
3    M.F.Barrett, D.K.Budds, T.Cloke, A.R.Coonan, T.S.Costello, P.English, J.J.Lambe, L.Lennon, G.Mulcaire, M.O’Connor, R.Pugh
2    R.Arthur, P.Crowley, A.Daly, J.P.Dempsey, T.English, A.D.Evans, D.J.Hassett, P.Henley, T.P.Hyde, M.Lonergan, C.P.McGivern, B.Morgan, D.Murphy, L.B.Murphy, S.O’Callaghan, A.O’Shea, D.Valentine   
L.Archdeacon, D.Atkinson, G.W.Barry, K.Beecher, R.Beresford, D.G.Black, P.Bohan, J.P.Brennan, M.Brennan, J.Bryson, V.Burke, R.Burns, F.Cahill, P.J.Casey, D.Christie, B.Clohessy, P.Cloke, P.J.Cosgrave, B.Cotter, P.W.Dawson, E.M.Dempsey, J.F.Dineen, D.Dorgan, N.D.Fehily, B.Fitzgerald, E.Gallagher, J.F.Gleeson, N.Goodwin, L.J.Gracey, M.Greaney, B.J.Hallahan, F.M.Hanley, D.Harney, B.Hassett, P.M.Hassett, M.Hogan, Mary Horgan, T.M.Horgan, P.Humphries, V.W.Jordan, G.Kenny, L.Keogh, C.Kinane, P.R.Lenihan, C.McCarren, F.McGirr, F.B.McGrath, R.McGrath, J.McGurgan, J.T.McNamara, J.Mitchell, P.J.Moloney, Julia Murdoch, H.Murphy, M.Naughton, J.P.O’Brien, P.G.O’Brien, S.O’Brien, Claire O’Connell, D.O’Connor, P.O’Donnell, S.O’Donnell, P.O’Keeffe, R.P.O’Keeffe, C.Rae, J.M.Roche, G.F.Ryan, J.P.Shaw, R.Shaw, E.Sheehy, J.Sheehan, M.Spillane, J.S.Vance, J.P.Walsh, A.K.Wyse.

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