Leading sire Milan enjoyed four winners last weekend to bring his total for the season to eighteen. The Denis Murphy-trained mare Deputy Jones scored on her debut in the four-year-old mares’ maiden at Loughanmore on Saturday.
Ridden prominently throughout by Jamie Codd, the Milan mare disputed the lead from the last fence and stayed on the best of all to win by three lengths. Sold by her breeder Spratstown Stud JGM for €1,500 as a yearling, the winner is out of a sister to Cane Brake and Bob Hall.
(Deputy Jones under a strong drive from Jamie Codd)
Plouios brought up a quick double for the Grange Stud resident sire in the four-year-old geldings’ maiden at the same fixture. Leading the way under Rob James, the Milan gelding jumped accurately throughout and when challenged at the last fence he picked up again to record an impressive victory.
The Donnchadh Doyle-trained debutant cost €52,000 at last year’s Derby sale and is out of a half-sister to the Grade one placed Home Farm.
(Plouios on his way to victory in the four-year-old maiden at Loughanmore on Saturday)
Milan produced another exciting four-year-old maiden winner when the Tim Hyde-trained Brewin’Upastorm took the opening contest on the card at Quakerstown on his debut outing. The Stephen Connor-ridden gelding asserted nicely from behind the pace setters on the downhill run to the straight before showing a very taking turn of foot to put his rivals under pressure in a number of strides and win in a comfortable eight length winning margin.
Bred by Longrove Stud, the well-bred sort was bought by his handler for €35,000 at last year’s Goffs Landrover sale and is a half-brother to graded performers Kimberlite King and Glam Gerry. The winner has been added as a wildcard to today’s Cheltenham sale.
(Brewin'Upastorm jumps the last in front in the hands of Stephen O'Connor)
The final race of the what was a busy weekend of point-to-pointing, saw the daughter of Milan Longhouse Signora, take the five-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden at Stradbally.
Having led and disputed throughout, the Sam Curling-trained mare quickened up smartly in the home straight to win in good style and provide Barry O’Neill with his fourth winner of the day. Owned by her breeder John Duggan, the winner is out of a half-sister to the Grade two winner Well Presented.
(Longhouse Signora with her delighted connections)
The Great Getaway supplied up-and coming sire Getaway with his eleventh winner between the flags so far this season in the five-year-old geldings’ maiden at Curraghmore on Sunday.
In what was his handlers Donnchadh Doyle’s third winner of the weekend, the Rob James-ridden winner asserted from two out to win with five lengths over his nearest rival, Rollerball Rocco. The Michael O'Connell-bred gelding who was bought by his handler at the 2015 Derby sale for €35,000, was having his fourth start as he had previously finished third on two occasions last season at Largy and Necarne.
(The Great Getaway lost his maiden tag at Curraghmore on Sunday)
At the same fixture, the Robert Widger-trained Baby Bee supplied the current joint-leading sire Flemensfirth with his twenty second winner of the season in the five-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden.
The six-year-old debutant not only gave her rider his fourth winner of the afternoon but also provided a quick double for Widger and her owner/breeder John Kiely as the three had scored in the previous contest with Bee A Beneficiary. The winner is out of unraced Beneficial mare who is a half-sister to five winners.
(Baby Bee runs out an easy winner in the hands of Rob James)
Blackhall stud resident sire, Mozovrov enjoyed his third winner of the season at Oldcastle on Sunday, when the Heather Kiernan-owned and trained Intheghetto landed the winners of one contest under Simon Cavanagh.
Whilst looking like he had plenty to do approaching the final fence, the nine-year-old responded well to a strong drive from Cavanagh to get up in the dying strides with Drimsree Lad three quarters of a length back in second. The Violet Pollard-bred gelding has been a model of consistency for his connections as he has not finished out of the first three on seven of his ten starts in point-to-points.
(Intheghetto with the Kiernan family following his success)
It was a red letter day at the same fixture for Timmy Love in the six-year-old and upwards maiden as Damut I’m Out took the concluding six-year-old and upwards maiden for novice riders and also in doing so supplied Gamut with his fifth point-to-point winner this season.
The seven-year-old had previously finished second in the adjacent hunt race in Castletown-Geoghegan and picked up the running after the second last before staying on well to win by two and a half lengths.
It was a good day for the Rosshill stud based sire as the previous Monksgrange point-to-point winner Road To Respect, landed the Grade one Ryanair Gold Cup Novice chase at Fairyhouse for Noel Meade and Gigginstown House Stud.
(Damut I'm Out provided Timmy Love with his first points' victory)
Another sire to enjoy points success along with a Grade one winner over the weekend was Castlehyde stud resident, Yeats.
Smuggler’s Blues took the five-year-old geldings’ maiden on his third time of asking for his owner and breeder Walter Connors. The Willie Burke-trained son of Yeats appeared to have got the measure of Well Tom who exited at the last before showing good battling qualities to the line under Derek O’Connor to hold off the strong challenge of Lagganstown by a neck.
Out of the Grade three placed French mare Rosy De Cyborg, the winner is a half-brother to two winners and has been added as a wildcard to today’s Cheltenham April sale.
The highly talented mare Augusta Kate, took the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse and in doing so provided Yeats with another Grade one winner.
(Smuggler's Blues and Derek O'Connor clears the last to hold onto the win at Quakerstown)
Rathbarry and Glenview studs leading sire Presenting recorded his twentieth winner of the point-to-point season when the Sean McParlan-trained As The Crow Flies took the open at Loughanmore on Monday in what was his fifth win in a row.
Ridden by Noel McParlan, the six-year-old has proven himself as a top-class performer having improved through the ranks from his maiden victory. Currently joint second in the champion point-to-pointer title with MinellaForValue and Ourmanmassini, the trio are only one win behind Sprintingforgold.
(As The Crow Flies and Noel McParlan ran out the easy winners of the open at Loughanmore on Monday)
On Easter Monday Cork racecourse held their annual Easter point-to-point card with three hunter chases and two bumpers.
The consistent Little Misshamrock took the mares’ hunters chase for her handler, breeder and joint-owner Jimmy Finn with up-and-coming rider Liam Quinlan aboard.
The daughter of Golden Tornado had lost her maiden tag at Nenagh in January on her second start having previously finished sixth against the geldings in a four-year-old maiden at Lisronagh in December.
The two length victory was followed up with another winner for Finn on Tuesday at Fairyhouse when Coldstonesober ran out a five length success under Aine O’Connor in the Today FM Ladies National handicap chase.
(The consistent Little Misshamrock gave Liam Quinlan his third winner under rules at Cork on Monay)