LISCARROLL amateur Michael O'Connor produced the riding performance of the day at the annual well-attended Killeagh point-to-point races last Sunday, held in delightful spring-like conditions.
He was aboard Aghabulloge winner Forever Eva, for Coachford trainer John O'Shaughnessy and owner Tony Wilson, in the mares winners of two event, but with two to jump, it was Colman Sweeney that held the call and looked the most likely winner on the heavily supported Spirit Oscar.
Racing to the last the complete complexion of the race changed as O'Connor produced his mount with a telling turn of foot and quickly cut down the leader to win going away by two lengths.
The victory provided the Liscarroll man with his 15th win of the season, the 330th of his splendid career, and his 100th on the racetrack.
Meanwhile, Local Carrigmarthyr amateur Pat Collins struck in the opening 5-year old maiden on 6/1 chance Dashing Lady for Wexford trainer Donnacha Doyle, winning by a neck in a thriller from Corporate Box.
Bruree, Co Limerick trainer Enda Bolger paid a rare visit to the venue and was rewarded with victory in the 5-year old geldings maiden, with 10/1 chance Festive Affair, given a peach of a drive by 26year old excellent amateur Brian Carey from Croom, Co Limerick, who Bolger described as "a real good horseman, but totally underrated".
The local confined produced a hugely impressive first time out performance, from the favourite Soaring High under Derek O'Connor, for Killeagh farmer Tom O'Brien and trainer Robert Tyner. The 5-year old held off the challenge of the experienced She's Got Grit by two lengths in a great finish.
Youghal trainer Seamus Harte was on the mark with Seskinane in the concluding 6/7 year old geldings maiden, which came with his winning run on the stand side before the last to win going away by three lengths, under a well executed Richie Kiely drive.
Dungourney trainer Denis Ahern came back to form with well supported Cute Count in division two of that contest. Under a well judged drive by Derek O'Connor the winner got up near the line for a thrilling head win from Benson's Point. Dungourney garage owner Paul Rigney is the lucky owner.
Sunday's point-to-point takes place at Kilosserea Dungarvan at 12.30pm.