Monday 16 December 2019

Point-to-point round-up

Trainer Michael Winters
Trainer Michael Winters

Richard Pugh

This is the penultimate weekend of the season and a single meeting each day will take place before the traditional Kinsale, Ballingarry double-header on the June Bank Holiday weekend.

Action at Ballybunion today gets under way at 4.0 and the opening race could be an opportunity for the Colin Bowe-trained Billyu Buff, second last week at Necarne, to open his account.

Michael Winters has been enjoying good success with Theatre Princess and she can take the mares winners race at the end of the card, while the David O'Brien-trained Distal Cusp looks best in the mares maiden having been second at Ballindenisk recently.

At Inchydoney tomorrow, Klassy could follow up Sunday's success at Stradbally with a win in the Open for Sam Curling. The Denis Murphy-trained Mahlers Spirit fell two out when at the front of affairs at Taylorstown, but a clear round could see him take the opening four-year-old maiden race.

Number of the week

14 Only 14 days left to the annual point-to-point awards, which take place this year at the Lyrath hotel in Kilkenny on Saturday, June 7. The event is selling out fast and those who wish to attend should click into to get tickets.

Horse to follow

Padawan was an impressive 12-length winner of the five-year-old maiden race at Fairyhouse on Thursday and looks to be very much a horse going the right way for Roisin Hickey.

Weekend selection

Pat Doocey saddles Siobhans Beauty in the closing race at Inchydoney tomorrow and looks set to get off the mark.

Weekend fixtures

Today: North Kerry at Ballybunion 4.0

Tomorrow: Carbery at Inchydoney 2.30

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