Point to point
Father and son pairing from Craanford, Liam and James Kenny, made the long trip to Tyrella, Co. Down, pay on Saturday with a good win in the five- and six-year-old geldings' maiden on the well-backed Ya Boy Ya (out of Sans Frontieres), four lengths ahead of Harley Dunne on Denis Murphy's Normofthenorth. Young Kenny made it a double at Borris the next day.
Barry O'Neill kept up the pressure at the top of the table with three weekend winners.
He had a double for his regular Northern mentor, David Christie, at Tyrella.
They won the five- and six-year-old mares' maiden with Cream Sparkles from a pair of Wexford runners, Frank and Honest ridden by Luke Murphy for his parents, John and Miriam, and Jamie Codd on Denis Murphy's Rarest Diamond.
O'Neill had it easy in the Winner of Three as Kadmer coasted home from just two rivals, on a day when the six races attracted just 37 runners.
Jamie Codd rode in the first two for Denis Murphy before heading to Navan for the bumper.
He was in the lead in an eventful four-year-old maiden but came a cropper at the last on Waitonit, where Harley Dunne also came down on Liam Kenny's Brother Byrne.
O'Neill made the long trip to Ballycahane in Limerick on Sunday where the conditions were dreadful and resulted in the final two races being abandoned.
He and Colin Bowe combined to win the four-year-old geldings' maiden in driving sleet on Giants Table (out of Great Pretender), part owned by J.J. Bowe, cousin of Colin. O'Neill is twelve clear of Jamie Codd in the riders' title race.
He was helped when Shane Fitzgerald fell at the last on Michael Goff's Jeremy Pass, leaving second to Harley Dunne on Pat Doyle's (Nenagh) Argumental.
Fitzgerald got around on Goff's Oscarsman to take second in the five-year-old geldings' maiden, being outstayed by John Nallen's Minella Trump.
There was a big Wexford involvement at the Carlow Farmers' meeting at Borris House on Sunday, and Jimmy O'Rourke (Clonard, Wexford) had a riding double.
There were great parade ring celebrations when he returned on the Matthew Flynn-O'Connor (Bunclody)-owned and trained Sporting John (out of Getaway) after forging victory in the four-year-old maiden.
He was ahead of Jamie Codd on Denis Murphy's Generation Text and James Walsh on Donnchadh Doyle's Vandemere. O'Rourke combined with Doyle to take the five-year-old mares' maiden with Madera Mist (out of Stowaway).
Jamie Codd took the five-year-old geldings' maiden for Liam Lennon from Co. Down on hot shot, Escaria Ten, relegating his usual ally, Denis Murphy, to second with Lifeisahighway, and then headed to Leopardstown for the bumper.
Shark Hanlon took the Winner of Two with Says the Boy, ahead of James Kenny on his dad's Ted, a winner at Punchestown two weeks earlier.
The young Craanford rider got quick compensation in the concluding older geldings' maiden on William Murphy's (Rathoe) Crutches Lad.
James Barcoe from Gowran trained an unusual winner - his All Ears was the only finisher from six starters in the Adjacent maiden.
Not many from Wexford made the long trip to Bandon for the Carbery Hunt meeting, but it paid off for Jack Hendrick (Woodtown, Mayglass) and his boss, Cormac Doyle of the Monbeg Farm Racing Partnership, as they were clearcut winners of the five-year-old geldings' maiden with Éclair Surf (out of Califet).
This was Hendrick's third win since he opened his account last November. Second here was Happy Larry, trained by Shirley Berry at Tomhaggard.
They race at Kirkistown, Co. Down on Saturday, and on Sunday at Lingstown (Killinick Harriers), Beclare in Galway, Horse and Jockey in Tipperary, and Castle Farm, Lismore in Waterford.
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