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Gentle Anna with Barry O'Neill, Elusive Mae with Moira Margaret McElligott, and Inthemeantime with J.J. Walsh, in action at Tinahely on Sunday.

Gentle Anna with Barry O'Neill, Elusive Mae with Moira Margaret McElligott, and Inthemeantime with J.J. Walsh, in action at Tinahely on Sunday.

Flash Du Pistolet with Harley Dunne on board touches down in front.

Flash Du Pistolet with Harley Dunne on board touches down in front.

Kevin and Cian Cassidy enjoying the action in Fairwood Park, Tinahely on Sunday.

Kevin and Cian Cassidy enjoying the action in Fairwood Park, Tinahely on Sunday.

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Gentle Anna with Barry O'Neill, Elusive Mae with Moira Margaret McElligott, and Inthemeantime with J.J. Walsh, in action at Tinahely on Sunday.

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THE MAIN local focus on the point-to-point scene over the weekend was on the Wicklow Hunt meeting at Fairwood Park in Tinahely on Sunday which saw doubles recorded by rider Barry O’Neill and trainer Denis Murphy, Ballyboy stables, The Ballagh.

Murphy and jockey Jack Hendrick scored in the five- and six-years-old geldings’ maiden with Garcon Dargent (Doyen) by an impressive ten lengths from Barry O’Neill on the Gordon Elliott-trained Ringcraft – remarkably O’Neill’s fourth second for Elliott over two days!

Murphy completed the double in the mares’ Winner of Two with Chatshow (Soldier of Fortune) which repeated a course win from a month earlier, this time eight lengths clear under Luke Murphy (Inch).

O’Neill had started with a winner in the opening four-year-old maiden on Boston Town (Flemensfirth) for Colin Bowe, who also supplied second with Captain Butler under Bertie Finn (Oulart).

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He doubled up when he eventually got a winner for Elliott and his head girl, Camilla Sharples, with Samcro winning his third on the trot and again by a massive 35 lengths margin in the Golden Anchor Castletown open.

In all honesty, Samcro seems a class above the point-to-point sphere. Lough Derg Spirit was second for Hendrick and Murphy.

O’Neill looked set for victory in the five-year-old plus mares’ maiden until Bowe’s Gentle Anna fell at the second last, ceding victory to local rider J.J. Walsh on Inthemeantime for owner-handler John Redmond from Tullow.

Ballyday trainer John Walsh had a great second at Punchestown with Singing Banjo and he was back at Tinahely to see his Hastobedone (Westerner) go one better by winning the older horses’ maiden for novice riders under Dan Nevin.

There was a limited Wexford presence at the Golden Vale hunt meeting at Tortulla (near Thurles), but Ellen Doyle of Baltimore Stables, Coolgarrow, carried the flag with The Jukebox Man (Ask) in the four-year-old geldings’ maiden, under Brian Dunleavy, coasting in by seven lengths.

Seán Doyle is having a good time of it on track and in point-to-point but he had to accept a distant second with Is A Real Champ in the Open for novice riders.

They raced at Kirkistown, Co. Down, on Saturday and Barry O’Neill had three seconds for Gordon Elliott, one of them on Wearelongterm, beaten by a neck on the line by his neighbour Rob James aboard Global Assembly for David Christie, a man for whom O’Neill often rides.

The insatiable Elliott is leading point-to-point trainer with eight wins thus far, two ahead of Denis Murphy, Colin Bowe and Declan Queally from Waterford who has had his six wins from just seven runners.

Killinick Harriers stage their first fixture of the season at Lingstown on Sunday, with the first off at 12.30 p.m., and the open race over the banks will be a highlight.

They also race at Moig South in Limerick and at Boulta in west Waterford.


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