Tammys Hill dominated the early season racing last season and I expect that to be the same this coming Thursday when Liam Lennon’s charge takes on Salsify and co in a Hunter Chase up at Down Royal. The eight year old made a winning return to action at Ballydarragh on good ground at the start […]
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The action got under way at 10:30 for a bumper feast of pointing action at Dromahane for Ireland’s final meeting of the autumn season and the opening Four Year Old Maiden resulted in three winners who look like making into rules performers in time. The first of those winners was debutant Moores Road who saw […]
Tattersalls Farm staged a bumper card on Sunday with Tell Us More running out the impressive three length winner of the Four Year Old Maiden for trainer Willie Codd. Ridden by the trainers brother Jamie the son of Scorpion was held up for much of the contest and having been badly hampered at the second […]
With four meetings in all this past weekend it was a good weekend for pointing followers with meetings at Ballindenisk, Lisronagh, Black Forest Lodge and Cottenham. The most impressive maiden winner in Ireland last weekend was surely the four year old Oficial Ben who made all to see off thirteen others by an eased down six […]
The pointing action focused on Lingstown and Boulta this weekend with competitive racing at both venues this past Sunday. There was little of real note from the youngsters on show at Lingstown though the Denis Murphy-trained Tricky could be the type to win a bumper judged on his victory in a fast time in […]
The Iveagh Hunt Foxhounds meeting at Maralin, County Down was the sole meeting on the Saturday and this provided one of the most impressive performances of the weekend when the Ian Ferguson-trained James took the winners event by an easy two and a half lengths under jockey Willie Thompson. The son of Jimble had been […]
The cancellation of Athlacca meant that there was no racing on Saturday pointing wise but a marathon card at Ballinaboola and a competitive meeting down at Kinsale made up for that the following day. With Brightwells Cheltenham sale coming up on Friday this was a last chance for horses to gain a wild card entry […]
With just the two meetings staged last weekend at Rockfield and Grennan there appeared to be little in the way of top class prospects on display. Never the less there were a few decent maiden winners to look forward to for likely rules careers in the future. The Last Derby put a poor run […]
Four meetings highlighted this past weekends pointing action in Ireland with a number of potential rules performers on show over the three days. Stars of the show from a training perspective where Brian Hamilton and Vincent Halley who recorded three and two wins respectively with decent looking maidens this past weekend. The first of […]
With the UK season not set to start until December this column on hunter chasing and point-to-pointing will primarily focus on Ireland’s Autumn season until that point. We’ll then split to provide all-round coverage from both sides of the sea thereafter. The abandonment of the Ballymacad Foxhounds meeting at Oldcastle prior to the entries stage […]
The pointing field has produced many of National Hunt racings best horses, in recent years the likes of Gold Cup winners Imperial Commander, Denman, War Of Attrition, Kicking King and Best Mate, all of which began their careers between the flags in Ireland; as well as the Robert Alner-trained Cool Dawn who started his career […]