LISGOOLD jockey Paul Townend, was in brilliant double winning form, at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day, where he won the valuable and prestigious, Grade1 Juvenile hurdle, on the hot fav Blood Cotril 4/9 favourite, leading at the last and staying on well, to win comfortably by three lengths from Stocktons Wing.
In completing a lucrative double in the Racing Post Novice chase, valued to the winner €55,250, on the high class 9/10fav Arvike Legionnaire, he made all the running, staying on well under pressure from the last, to win by two and a half lengths from Oscars well.
Paul's good run continued at Limerick on Friday, where he scored a double on 1/2 favourite Dagora in the opening three year old hurdle for Willie Mullins and completed a splendid double for his near neighbour, Dan Rohan from Lisgoold, in the two mile five furlong maiden hurdle on Castlerock Rose, which won by a length from Kasline.
At Down Royal on the same afternoon Davy Condon, who is Paul Townend's cousin, won the two mile four furlong maiden hurdle on the 2/1 favourite Torn Asunder for trainer Gordon Elliott, having ascerted before the last, to win by one and a quarter lengths from Los Amigos.
At Wetherby on St Stephen's Day Innishannon jockey Aidan Coleman, won the two mile four furlong handicap hurdle on 7/2 chance Saroque for Venetia Williams, leading three out and going on to score by five lengths from Lukey Luke. Double for O'Connor THE annual Kanturk, Duhallow point to point races, which took place at the flagship points course, at Dromore Dromahane on Sunday last, attracted a huge attendance, showing the popularity of the Sunday afternoon, national hunt sport, which took place in ideal weather conditions.
Local liscarroll amateur Michael O'Connor, scored a double on the huge 10 race card, on Allow Dallow in a division of the Pegus qualifier, and Cyprian Prince in the confined.
Well placed from the start on the Mick winters trained allow dallow, which jumped superbly, he went to the front three from home, and had only to be pushed out to win impressively by five lengths from the last from Our Man Zebo, creating a huge impression in the process. He is owned by Brian Sweetnam, the English based banker from Kanturk whose Rebel Fitz, won this year's Galway hurdle, along with Ber Mitchel from Kanturk and Englishman Garry Browne, both work in England with Sweetnam.
The exciting five year old, was purchased as a foal at Fairyhouse sales, and sold privately to Mick Winters during the summer by Sean Browne from Tralee, Co Kerry, who is a dairy factory manager at Devon and Exeter in England and was in attendance, to savour the victory, along with his brother Eamon, the well known Killarney, librarian.The winner will next contest a winners race followed by the Pegus point to point bumper at Mallow racecourse at Easter.
O'Connor's double was achieved on the unraced Cyprian Prince in the confined for banteer trainer Louis Archdeacon and Buttevant owner Pat Byrnes, the same combination won this same race last year with Mountain Lough. They could be called the winners a long way from home, and will go to Killeagh for a winners race next, followed by a bumper.
Innishannon trainer Robert Tyner, has his team in terrific order, and scored a training treble all ridden by national champion Derek O'Connor. They won the opening four year old maiden with well supported county champions for the former I can imagine syndicate from Carrigtwohill and will next contest a bumper, they completed a double with Bar Stool Bob in a division of the Pegua Qualifier, for the trainer's wife Mary and completed a splendid treble with sterling stuff in a division of the five year old Pegus qualifier.
Rathbarry Stud trainer Paul Cashman, combined with his talented jockey Larry Murphy, to win the third division of the four year old geldings Pegus qualifier with first time outer Castle Cheetah, which made it all to win by three lengths for Castlelyons owner Darren McAuliffe.