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New Track Winners Record for Irish Pointers

New Track Winners Record for Irish Pointers

(Pictured is the 2017 Randox Health Aintree Grand National winner, One For Arthur, who won his maiden at Lingstown in November 2013)

 

The success story of Irish point-to-point graduates on the track saw a continued growth this year as they won an incredible 1,154 races from October until May. This is an increase of 27 winners on last year’s results.

March was the busiest month of the season for point-to-point performers with 164 winning on the track in England and Ireland which included four Cheltenham Festival winners, Special Tiara, Yorkhill, Road To Respect and Champagne Classic.

Last season we were treated to many impressive displays from the younger maidens in the point-to-point field, and some of the most notable names from last season made winning starts on the track for their new connections during this year’s campaign.  

The former Colin Bowe-trained Samcro, won three bumpers for Gordon Elliot and Gigginstown House Stud, which included a Listed win at Navan in December. Another Colin Bowe graduate, Getabird, followed up his point-to-point success of last season with two bumper victories at Fairyhouse and Gowran Park. The Weathersby’s Ireland Grade three mares’ bumper at Punchestown went to Minutestomidnight, a winner at Lingstown last year for her handler Jonathan Sweeney.

Irish point-to-point graduates won 78 black type races this season which includes 13 Grade ones, 13 Grade two’s, 25 Grade three’s, 13 Listed races, four Grade A’s and 10 Grade B’s.

Of the 13 Grade ones, the highlight performances came from Outlander in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown, Petite Mouchoir in the Irish Champion hurdle, Special Tiara in the Queen Mother Champion chase and Yorkhill in the JLT Novice hurdle. Petite Mouchoir and Special Tiara’s victories highlighted the versatility of Irish point-to-pointers to drop back considerably in trip as they progress to track success having won from 1m 7f to 2m.

 At the other end of the race distances, three of the most stamina testing races during the season, the Coral Welsh National, the Hennessey Gold Cup and the Aintree Grand National went the way of former Irish point-to-pointers Native River and One For Arthur. For the second year in a row, the winner of the £1 million Aintree Grand National began his career in a four-year-old point-to-point in Ireland as former Lingstown and Liam Kenny-trained winner One For Arthur, took the honours for point-to-point supporter Lucinda Russell.

A stand out name to have graduated from Irish point-to-points this season is Finian’s Oscar. The Oscar gelding created a big impression in the hands of Jamie Codd with his impressive wide margin success on debut when defeating Mr Clarkson by eight lengths at Portrush. Sold after this run for £250,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham November sale, the Ann and Alan Potts-owned gelding made a winning start on the track just under two months later when winning his novice hurdle at Hereford. The Denis Murphy graduate went on to score two Grade ones as well as a Listed hurdle this season and is one of the most talked about point-to-point graduates for next season.

 

The statistics for Irish point-to-point graduates on the track over the past ten years can be viewed below:

 

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

TOTAL

07/08

46

77

80

59

58

97

63

75

555

08/09

57

86

77

53

71

86

86

81

597

09/10

63

91

76

65

82

85

100

54

616

10/11

77

88

45

91

84

98

80

92

655

11/12

83

123

111

91

95

118

88

101

810

12/13

106

106

126

89

101

105

116

118

867

13/14

128

165

166

103

107

142

117

126

1054

14/15

120

159

134

136

136

151

140

131

1107

15/16

127

150

140

114

129

176

151

140

1127

16/17

125

149

155

135

136

164

148

142

1154

 

 


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