THE annual Aghabullogue point-to-point races, which took place over the magnificent lands, of Jack Murphy at Dromartimore on Sunday last, were an outstanding success.
A huge crowd attended, and were rewarded with a record breaking 10 race card, some memorable exciting close finishes, and best of all dry underfoot conditions, which was almost unbelieveable, considering the wet winter we have had all over the country. The course was in pristine condition, thanks no doubt to the landowner, and his magnificent organising committee, who were well rewarded with excellent weather conditions.
Top rider at the meeting was Michael O'Connor fron Liscarroll, who was the only rider, to score a well executed double. He was aboard Inchidaly Ross in the first division of the 5/6 y old Pegus qualifier, where he made all the running over this unique undulating track, but was all out from the last, to hold the fast finishing Timjoe by a neck in a thrilling finish.
It was a red letter day for his trainer Alexander Ott from Gooseberry Hill Newmarket, who was achieveing his first ever training success, and is engaged in schooling and breaking horses, and wished to express his grateful thanks, to the O'Flynn family from Banteer, who gave him the horse to train. The winner is a brother to Inchidaly Rock, now racing with success in England.
O'Connor completed his double, on the hugely impressive Forever Eva, which romped home by 10 lengths, in a division of the 7-year old and up mares maiden, for local trainer John O'Shaughnessy from nearby Coachford, and owner local Rylane businessman Tony Wilson.
Castlelyons amateur Colman Sweeney, was seen at his very best, in the opening mares maiden, where he got Truckers Darling up in the shadow of the post, for a thrilling short head win from Countess Margarita, for Conna trainer Batt O'Connell, and the Conna Enclosure Syndicate, while fermoy rider Larry Murphy excelled on Our Katie, which prevailed by a head in the other division, for Bartlemy trainer Pat Barry and his wife owner Eileen.
Trainer Paul Moloney, who now trains from his new base, at Castleview, Clonakilty, sent out Mosscloud under champion amateur Derek O'Connor, to a hugely impressive 5 length win, of the Pegus geldings qualifier, for Kinsale businessman Mylie Murphy.
Glengoura, Mallow trainer Bill Roynane, scored a most impressive 6 length win with Twin Plan, under a splendid drive by Lisgoold amateur James Joyce, in a division of the 7-year old and up mares maiden.
The final event the 7-year old and up geldings race was divided, with Castlemartyr rider Pat Collins seen at his best, in getting Ibetellin you alie up in the dying strides, to win by a length from Moss Grove, for the absent trainer Terence O'Brien from Carrigtwohill, while Tallow amateur James Hannon, guided Third Degree to a two length win of the second division, for Kinsale trainer Finbarr Lorden, and the Lounge syndicate.
The chairman Jack Murphy, was in boyant mood, when he spoke with The Corkman at the conclusion of the meeting.
"This was our 26th meeting, and it was a great success with a huge attendance, on a great fine day dry day, our course was in great condition, and this was the very first time that we held 10 races here, which was a record for the course," he said.
Sunday's point-to-point races take place at Killeagh commencing at 12.30pm.