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Impressive results for former Irish pointers in August

Impressive results for former Irish pointers in August

Irish point-to-pointers enjoyed a profitable August having won 89 races both here and across the water which is an increase of 23 winners from last year’s results

From the 89 winners, they won over €430,000 in prize money.

Mystic Theatre, a winner in 2016 at both Loughanmore and Largy for the Colin McBratney yard, enjoyed a successful August having won two races for her new handler, Willie Mullins.

The six-year-old has now won five races under rules for her northern-based owner of Mrs Rose Boyd.  Since taking her second bumper at Tipperary in May, the daughter of Kings Theatre has now had four back-to-back victories over the summer with her most recent win coming at Bellewstown at the end of August where she ran out an impressive sixteen length winner of a mares’ hurdle.

The Denise Marie O'Shea-trained Kilganer Queen was another to enjoy two victories during August. The former Joseph Daniels-trained mare won a hurdle at Sligo and followed this success up with another victory at Ballinrobe only seven days later.

The daughter of Trans Island won her mares’ maiden at Kilfeacle in January when seeing off the challenge of her stablemate Nellie Pledge who also won during August at Sligo and in doing so provided her handler and jockey combination of  Brian Cawley and Liam Gilligan with their first winner under rules.


Dan Skelton continued his good run of form this summer with point-to-point graduates having recorded double victories with both Daulys Anthem and Premier Rose.

Daulys Anthem pictured below, was a winner at Lisronagh in 2015 and secured his first win for Skelton at Stratford which he impressively followed up 24 hours later with another win at Bangor under his trainer’s brother, Harry Skelton. Mark Cahill’s former Bandon winner, Premier Rose was another to lose her maiden tag under rules when recording her first of two wins last month at Southwell before registering another success at Newtown Abbot just over a week later.

 

Other multiple point-to-point graduate winners from August include Ben Button, McGroarty and What Happens Now.

Graded success came from Rathvinden and Kilcarry Bridge with the former Ian Ferguson-trained Rathvinden landing the Grade 3 novice chase at Galway on the fourth day of the annual festival.  A faller on his debut at Toomebridge in 2013, the son of Heron Island won by a comfortable five lengths over Potters Point with the pair leading home a one-two for point-to-pointers in the €50,000 renewal.

The final day of Killarney’s August festival staged the €50,000 Grade B Handicap Steeplechase which went the way of Kilcarry Bridge for the John Patrick Ryan yard. The ten-year-old son of Balakheri who won the Mayo National at Ballinrobe in May has now won seven races under rules for his connections and over €165,000 in prize money since taking his maiden at Bennetsbridge in 2013.

(Kilcarry Bridge winning under Johnny King)

 

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