Doubles forJames and Kenny
The traditional point-to-point end-of-season meetings were staged at Kinsale and Ballingarry over the weekend and saw doubles recorded by Rob James, which moved him into a strong second place in the riders' championship, and by young James Kenny from Craanford.
Most the major issues had already been decided but the absence of Barry O'Neill and Jamie Codd did allow eleven-times champion, Derek O'Connor, to lay claim to two of the remaining titles in the melting pot.
His treble on Saturday put him four ahead of O'Neill in the South region, and two ahead of Codd in the Senior riders (Over-40s) race.
Colin Bowe has his seventh trainer's title wrapped up, but a single winner left him just two short of Robert Tyner's long-standing all-time record of 47 winners in a season, with one meeting left on Monday.
Jimmy O'Rourke (Glenville, Wexford) was the only Wexford winner at Kinsale on Saturday, scoring on Ask Me Early, owned and trainer by his father, Pat, in the five-year-old geldings' maiden, just three-parts of a length ahead of Simon Cavanagh on Denis Murphy's Hard Ground.
Colin Bowe's Hello Pilgrim was second in the mares' winner of one under James Kenny, and Rob James and Donnchadh Doyle were second in the older mares' maiden with Shabba Dadda, and the Mares' Open with Something Rosie, just a length behind Longhouse Music, winning for the 13th time this season.
Rob brought up his double at Kinsale on Sunday with Cormac Doyle's Presenting Ana in the four-year-old mares' maiden, and Saxophonic for Jim Dreaper in the six-year-old geldings' maiden.
Michael Goff took the four-year-old geldings' maiden with Galway Kid, 15 lengths clear under Shane Fitzgerald of Bernie Murphy's Ballinagore, ridden by Luke Murphy.
James Kenny got his double at Ballingarry on Sunday, leading in a Bowe 1-2 in the four-year-old mares' maiden on Ticket to LA, ahead of Shane O'Rourke on Gallopongray, and he took the geldings' Winner of One with Ya Boy Ya, trained by his dad, Liam, for the Orphan Girl syndicate.
Shane O'Rourke got second for Vincent and Jimmy Devereux with Get the Facts in the five-year-old geldings' maiden.
The campaign finished at Ballingarry on Monday (too late to appear here), and we will have those results and the end-of-season standings next week.