A to Z of the 2009/10 season
26th September Limavady Jamie Codd kicks the season off with a double whilst reigning champion, Derek O’Connor has to settle for four placed efforts. Paul O’Brien plays a very cool waiting game aboard Royal Ranger in the open contest for Novice riders, this is to be the first of his five wins so far this season.
27th September Rathcannon Ionisphere takes the 4yr old maiden for Andrew Duff and Willie McCreery, the flat bred gelding goes on to take a maiden hurdle and a flat race during the season. Shane Byrne and Denis Murphy team up to land a double over the weekend and Liz Lalor sets the ball rolling to retain the ladies title aboard her mother’s The Fox’s Frolic in the open race.
3rd October Loughbrickland Derek O’Connor rides a double but is out done by Jamie Codd who notches up three winners, two of which are for Wexford based owner / handler, Michael and Ashleigh Murphy. The first of these Mention Me was responsible for Codd’s 300th career winner. Gaspar takes the open race he goes on to score 4 more times during the season and is placed twice more. Father and Son, James and Patsy smith take the winners contest with their homebred Mat Hill.
4th October Castletown – Geoghegan Model County Lass takes the mares maiden with ease, the daughter of Definite Article goes on to land another two points and a bumper for handler Colin Bowe and jockey Barry O’Neill a feat which her full sister Lively lass very nearly matches later in the season when she takes 2 points and a bumper. This is Barry O’Neill’s first winner for the season, he goes on to claim the novice title for the second consecutive season. Only Timmy Murphy, Davy Russell and Derek O’Connor have managed to do this before.
11th October Tinahely With the rain started the ground begins to get a bit softer and the number of runners increases. Course Specialist, Loggan Lass once again records a win over the geldings in the open race making it her fifth win at the track.
18th October Loughrea Cheers Jon takes the 4yo maiden under JT McNamara beating the Gigginstown House’s well fancied Sea Of Thunder. Former Christies Foxhunter winner and Gold Cup contender, Kingscliff scores on his Irish points debut for Galway based Martin Cullinane. Both Fergal Harford (Horse Shoe Lane) and Mat MacKenzie-Smith (Deel River Queen) record their initial points success. 18th October Kilsheelan Jamie Codd records a four timer giving him an early season lead in the overall riders title. Gaspar takes his second open of the season whilst Crannaghmore Boy records his initial victory in the 4yo maiden – he goes on to score a bumper and maiden hurdle win both at Cheltenham.
21st October Newry Bobbits Way narrowly defeats the well fancied Kings Army in the 4yo maiden, he then goes on to make £48,000 at Brightwells November sales. Jamie Codd records a treble including a win aboard Royal Ranger, his second of the season. Michael McConville takes the older maiden for novice riders aboard his fathers, Arc Of Stone giving him his first points success.
24th October Toombridge Derek O’Connor records a double including taking the open aboard Bally Wall. The Ian Ferguson trained gelding later finishes runner up in two hunters chases and the Ulster National before landing a Perth Handicap chase. O’Connor’s other winner Aibrean, trained by Stuart Crawford goes on to land two mares novice hurdles during the season. Holly Curran, who gets married before the end of the season, records the first of her 3 winners.
25th October Glenbane Royal Reveille impressively takes the 4yo maiden by 20 lengths, he later joins Ted Walsh’s stable for his new owner Barry Connell. Six time track winner, Lord Nellerie takes the open under his owner / rider, Evanna McCutcheon beating Dun Doire a neck. Proform Native takes the winners race under Mikey O’Connor, the first of his 3 wins during the season and James O’Rourke recorded his first points winner with Money Trail.
31st October Maralin On His Own takes the first division of the 5yo maiden under Roger Quinlan for Oliver McKiernan, the Presenting sired gelding goes on to take the Leopardstown Christmas bumper before being sold at Brightwells to Andrea & Graham Wylie for £240, 000. The second division goes to the Ben Arthey owned / trained Carpincho who then goes on to land a Catterick bumper and is placed in a Grade 2 bumper at Newbury. Top Twig takes the open race on his way to taking the maximum six opens in a season for the second year running.
7th November Lingstown Barry O’Neill records a four timer, three of which are for his Boss Colin Bowe the other over the banks course for local man Sean Doyle. Rapid Artist takes the winners race for Benny Walsh and Liam Kenny, later in the season goes on to land a Cork Hunters Chase. Robbie McNamara makes the trip to Wexford for one ride / one winner aboard Sea Of Thunder in the 4yo maiden. 7th November Templemore Roger Quinlan records a double aboard Lady Bellamy in the 4yo mares maiden and Caddy man in the 4yo Geldings maiden. Island Peak, ridden and trained by Mikey O’Connor take the 5yo geldings maiden, the pair go on to score twice more during the season. Cloughmile comfortable scores in the mares maiden before taking a maiden hurdle and a mares hurdle during the season.
8th November Rockfield Derek O’Connor records a double, the first leg aboard his brother, Paurick’s progressive Tyrone Golden Rain in the winner’s race, the second leg aboard Top Twig in the Open. 8th November Milltown The impressive debutant Quita De La Roque took the 5yo geldings maiden with ease, he has since won a listed novice hurdle and a €60,000 handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse. Jamie Codd landed a treble including taking the open on Gaspar, his third of the season. 8th November Kinsale Both Coleman Sweeney and Ciaran Fennessy landed doubles. Burnt Oil Babe took the winners of three under Damien Murphy, the first of her 2 wins during the season, a win which looks likely to see her claim the champion mares status.
15th November Affane Derek O’Connor scored aboard the Willie Murphy trained Definite Appeal in the winners race. Liz Lalor added another winner to her list aboard Tom Keating’s Shuil Direach. 15th November Ballydarragh Jamie Codd notched up another double the second part being on Gaspar (4th win of season). Model County Lass took her 2nd win of the season narrowly beating What A Bleu.
22nd November Dromahane With the rain still unrelenting the ground had become heavy, the two day fixture at Dromahane had to move the second day to the following week. Derek O’Connor recorded another double, courtesy of the highly exciting Tyrone Golden Rain and Castleview Mills. Maxine O’Sullivan scored emphatically on Juveigneur in the Ladies Open to get her on to the score board.The 4yo Sizing Mexico scored on his debut under Paul Power for Henry de Bromhead and Alan Potts, he later went on to land a fairyhouse bumper.
28th November Dromahane Declan Queally recorded a double, having taken the 4yo mares maiden by 10 lengths on Cnoc Seoda he followed up aboard Jinglealltheways in the older mares maiden. On The Net took the open contest under Con McSweeney, the first of his 4 wins for the season. 28th November Kirkistown Derek O’Connor recorded a treble his opening winner came in the 4yo maiden aboard Sunnyside for Wilson Dennison he then teamed up with Ian Ferguson in the winners of Three to dead heat aboard Donati with Willie Rankin and Symphonist he rounded off with the Ian Ferguson trained Lead ’Em Over. Johnny Cresswell rode his first winner aboard the Ian Duncan trained Inverlochy Lad in the open. James Smyth recorded his 50th points winner aboard Some Fool.
29th November Lingstown Shane Byrne landed a double aboard Broduil and Dusty Doolan in the banks race. Shamrock Hall took the Winners race for Andrew Doyle beating Cool Warrior both horses went on to take a hunters chase each. 29th November Boulta Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe landed a three timer, they took both divisions of the 4yo mares maiden with Askanna and Our Victoria who both went on to take their winners race next time out, Askanna then won a Kilbeggan bumper whilst Our Victoria finished 5th in the p2p.ie mares bumper. Definite Dawn rounded off their day when he scored by 15lengths in the 5yo geldings maiden. Native Gallery took the 4yo geldings maiden under Johnny Ryan, the pair later teamed up again to record another victory in Ballybunion. Derek O’Connor took both the mares open aboard Burnt Oil Babe and the older geldings maiden with Another Tribunal. Eoin McDonagh recorded his initial points success in the winners of one with Flying Felix.
6th December Ballindenisk Mikey O’Connor rode a treble including aboard Cheeky for Margaret O’Sullivan, the 5yo went on to land a maiden hurdle next time out. Damien Murphy recorded a double, the second of the two was aboard Oscar Delta, also for Margaret O’Sullivan.
13th December Avaune Coleman Sweeney secures another double aboard Super Confident and Rayfield Lad as does Derek O’Connor with Robert Tyner’s Mirador Del Conde and Paurick O’Connor’s Nanos Witness. This mare goes on to score twice more and becomes one of the leading mares during the season.
30th December Dromahane Crash takes the 4yo maiden in good style under JT McNamara a race which sees the first 4 home go on to bigger and better things – Crash wins a Fairyhouse bumper next time out, On The Fringe takes the Champion Hunters Chase at Punchestown, Brunswick Gold 2nd in a bumper. Kilty Storm makes his points debut beating a number of top open horses, he later goes on to take another point, the Leopardstown Hunters Chase and finish 2nd at both Cheltenham and Punchestown.
16th January Aghabullogue Ciaran Fennessy lands a double aboard Shockabach and Clare Gent and Kilty storm wins his second open race under Declan Queally. Damien Murphy rode his 250th career winner aboard Castleview Mills.
17th January Tinahely Gaspar beats course specialist Loggan Lass in a dour battle to record his fifth win, but an injury rules him out of recording the maximum six wins. His Jockey Jamie Codd records another four timer which included two for Gordon Elliott. 17th January Killeagh Thomas Feeney records a double both as rider and handler with Sycamore Abbie and Sycamore Island. The later named mare goes on to be placed in a number of opens against the geldings making her a live contender for the leading mare. 17th January Kilfeacle Derek O’Connor takes the first five races on the six race card, his last ride falls at the last in contention. His 5yo winner, First Lieutenant goes on to land a Gowran Park bumper for his owners Gigginstown House.
24th January Dungarvan Derek O’Connor records yet another treble. Bens Moor takes the 5yo geldings maiden under Laurence Murphy, the son of Beneficial is later sold in Brightwells sale for £75,000 and goes on to land a bumper for his new connections. 24th January Nenagh Zest For Life takes his maiden under J T McNamara he later goes on to land the Ladies Cup at Punchestown under Nina Carberry. Dun Doire justifies favouritism to take the ladies open under Clare MacMahon.
30th January Askeaton John Barry takes the open aboard Kilcolman, his only run for the season, beating the promising Tyrone Golden Rain who is having his first run in open company.
31st January Carrigtwohill Riding honours are divided between Derek O’Connor and Richie Harding as both record trebles. O’Connor scores in the 6yo geldings race with My Boy Paddy for Denis Aherne, the son of Accordian goes on to land the Pegus bumper in Cork.
6th February Tyrella Ross O’Sullivan records a double aboard Royal Ranger and Billabong. Sierra Lady puts in an impressive display on her debut under Ben Brabazon to take the older mares maiden, she follows up with a winners contest later in the season. Lovey Dovey takes the younger mares maiden under her owner Ben Crawford, she later takes two bumpers when ridden by Steven Crawford. 6th February Killashee Doubles for Barry O’Neill and Simon McGonagle, both for their respective bosses, Colin Bowe and Gordon Elliott.
7th February Belharbour The card is dominated by Derek O’Connor (4 wins) and Johnny King (2 wins). 7th February Ballydarragh Jamie Codd rides another double aboard Minella Stars and Havens Castle. Minella Stars doubles up next time out and the is sold through Brightwells for £135,000. 7th February Tallow Kicking King’s half brother makes an exciting debut by taking his maiden by 8 lengths under Mikey O’Connor who goes on to land a treble.
13th February Kirkistown James Jenkins rides a treble, the middle leg aboard Caroline De Montmorency’s progressive Carlanstown. Derek O’Connor rides a double.
14th February Knockanard Doubles for both Mikey O’Connor and Richie Harding. Richie Harding took both divisions of the 5yo geldings maiden for handler Liam Burke. Maxine O’Sullivan scores in the open aboard Juveigneur. 14th February Rathcannon JT McNamara records a double which includes Bertie Milan who he trains himself. But not to be outdone Derek O’Connor rides a treble including the useful Si c’etait Vrai for Gigginstown House, he later goes on to finish runner up in a bumper. 14th February Punchestown Robbie McNamara records a quick double whilst That Beats Banaher takes the winners contest, the first of his three wins during the season.
20th February Maralin Derek Fox records his initial points winner with Lakil House in the open contest. Derek O’Connor gets a clear round aboard Carnkirk to score comfortably, the Oscar Schindler gelding had failed to complete in six previous attempts. Zagman scores impressively on his debut, he is later sold to Gigginstown House.
21st February Kildorrey Richie Harding teams up with Terence O’Brien to record a double with Saved By John and South Link. Maxine O’Sullivan takes the confined maiden with In The System. 21st February Killaloe Sierra Lady beats the geldings in the winners contest. JT McNamara and Derek O’Connor dead heat in the older geldings maiden. McNamara goes on to record a double when he partners Sher Fountain to an easy 10 length win in the mares Open and David O’Riordan records his initial points winner aboard Oyashshecan.
27th February Bennettsbridge Jamie Codd secures a treble including one for his brother Willie. Declan Hagan takes the open contest on Lasquini Du Moulin and Andrew Ring the confined maiden on Sharp Shot both recording their initial points success. The Jim Dreaper trained Royal De La Thinte destroys the opposition in the 5yo geldings maiden making him the second highest rated 5yo of the season. 27th February Durrow Colin Motherway records a treble, the final leg aboard the 7yo Russinrudi for handler Eoin Doyle. The son of Rudimentary goes on to score in winners company on his next start. 27th February Farmaclaffley The 14yo Final Target takes the hunt race for jockey / handler Ronan McNally. Both Derek O’Connor and James Jenkins record doubles and Rory Devine records his initial points winner aboard Super Arney who he also owns and trains.
28th February Tinahely Bennative and Jason McKeown make a quick return, having run out at the first the previous day they score comfortably in the 5 and 6yo geldings maiden. 28th February Durrow Ross O’Sullivan and Andrew Doyle record doubles. Doyle’s second leg in the open contest when the 13yo Theatre Lane comes home a length in front of Burnt Oil Babe. J T McNamara has one ride, a winner for Denis Cullen aboard the impressive Imperial Policy. 28th February Bandon Mikey O’Connor records a treble including aboard Lady Perspex who goes on to take a further 2 points during the season. Lovethehigherlaw gives Gigginstown House another 4yo winner.
6th March Tyrella Handler Joe Magee has a 1, 2, 3 in the hunt race. Chris Cully passes the post in front three times but following a stewards enquiry he is demoted to second aboard Mr Dickens. The open contest is won by 13yo Holey Moley, with 14yo Final target second and 13yo Huncheon Paddy third – a day for the veterans. 6th March Kilworth Francis McCurtin records his initial points success in the novice riders race aboard Bleudawn, whilst Colman Sweeney secures a double with Global Power and Turtle Gale.
7th March Dromahane Richie Harding and John Barry both record doubles. 7th March Lemonfield Derek O’Connor secures a treble including taking the open with Tyrone Golden Rain. Last Instalment scores in the 5yo geldings maiden for Corky Carroll, he is then sold to Gigginstown House and goes on to win their bumper at Fairyhouse.7th March The Pigeons Many Tiers – a 9yo maiden mare takes the hunt winners race under Chris Cully who goes on to record two other winners at the meeting with Front Man in the open and Gold Digger in the older maiden. Fiddlededee makes a highly impressive debut when she takes the 5 & 6yo Mares maiden by 15 lengths, she then goes on to take the p2p.ie mares bumper at Tipperary before changing hands for £125,000 at Brightwells sale.
13th March Kirkistown David Boland teams up with Stephen Curran to record a double with Candy Lass and Flemingo Domingo.
14th March Cloyne James Hannon and Derek O’Connor both record doubles. 14th March Lingstown Paul Gahan records his initial points winner with Overnight Queen in the mares maiden. Jamie Codd secures another treble including taking the winners race with Close Review who goes on to land a hunters chase at Killarney. Lord Nellerie and is owner / rider, Evanna McCutcheon make it a pillar to post victory over the banks.14th March Belclare Conor McGuinness gets a winning spare ride to record his initial points success aboard Micks Benefit for handler Martin Cullinane. Cullinane can do no wrong at the meeting as he saddles 4 winners the other 3 being ridden by Robbie Geoghegan. 14th March Horse and Jockey Roger Quinlan teams up with Andy Slattery to produce two impressive sorts, Invictus and Chablis both winners are sold at Brightwells sale for £162,000 and £260,000 respectively. The Fox’s Frolic secures the open under Liz Lalor making it the second of his 3 wins so far.
17th March Lisgoold The rescheduled New Years fixture eventually gets the go ahead. Damien Murphy records a double aboard Clash Duff and King Rocco.
20th March Maralin Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe secure a double with Ruby Bay and Model County Lass. Thomas Dolan records his initial points winner with Curragh Boy for handler Niall Madden. Deskelly Interiors takes the open under Helen Mooney.
21st March Ballyraggett Robert Quinn returns from injury to take the confined maiden with Baile Anrai. Jamie Codd rides 5 winners and 3 seconds on the 10 race card. 21st March Lismore Jason Kiely records his initial winner aboard Haile Deadly in the winners race. Derek O’Connor teams up with Pat Doyle to score with Tales To Tell.
27th March Loughbrickland Derek O’Connor records a double including aboard Top Twig in the open, his fourth for the season. Chris Cully and Carnkirk make every post a winning one in the winners contest scoring by 25 lengths. Lively Lass ridden by Barry O’Neil scores on her debut, she goes on to land a winners race and a bumper.
28th March Monksgrange Barry O’Neill records a double with Stretch Junior and Prince Among Kings whilst Jamie Codd records a treble including aboard That Beats Banaher in the winners race. 28th March Liscarroll Declan Queally and Mikey O’connor both record doubles. O’Connor also trains For Dylan. 28th March Loughrea James ‘Corky’ Carroll takes the 4yo maiden with Star Neuville, this becomes his 100th winner between the flags. He then goes on to record his 101st winner with Cluain Abhann in the last race. 28th March Lisronagh Richie Rohan secures a double with Mare Of Milan and Overquest. Nina Carberry steers On The Fringe to a 15 length victory, the 5yo later goes on to take the Champion Hunters Chase at Punchestown.
31st March Inch Richie Harding secures a treble. The third leg aboard the Jim Dreaper trained Royal De La Thinte for owners Ann & Alan Potts.
4th April Templemore Maxine O’Sullivan takes the Ladies open with her father’s Tous Chez. Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe team up to take the winners race with Askanna who then goes on to take a bumper at Kilbeggan. 4th April Castletown Danny Foster recorded a double aboard Glenark and Alright Benny. Cian Hughes rode and trained Upthemsteps to narrowly score in the 5 & 6yo geldings maiden. 4th April Kill Mikey O’Connor rode two winners and three seconds from six rides. 4th April Quakerstown J D Moore took advantage of an unmarked flag to take a short cut enroute to scoring in the mares maiden. J T McNamara recorded a double but was overshadowed by Derek O’Connor who racked up four winners. Becky Smith took the novice riders race aboard Im So Lonely.
5th April Loughanmore Nutin Fancy made a big impression on his debut to take the 4yo maiden under Chris Cully who then went on to partner another winner during the afternoon. Brendan Fahey recorded his initial points winner when Roadshan took the 5yo mares maiden.
6th April Loughanmore Derek O’Connor partnered four winners from the seven races including taking the open aboard Top Twig.
10th April Ballybunion Shane Tierney recorded his initial point winner aboard Sir Mattie in the 5yo geldings maiden. Our Victoria comfortable scored in the mares winners race for Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe.
11th April Stradbally William Roe recorded his initial points winner from his first ever ride aboard his father’s The Wrong Bid. Jimmy Barcoe returned to race riding with a winner following a three year absence. That Beats Banaher takes the open in good style under Chris Cully for handler Liam Kenny, the pair then team up with Cynery to land the 5yo geldings maiden. 11th April Tallanstown John Sullivan, Terence White and Mark Foley all record their initial points winners whilst Ross O’Sullivan lands the open aboard Royal Ranger. 11th April Ballynoe Mikey O’Connor records a double including aboard Tell Me Rose in the Gain Mares Final whilst Derek O’Connor records a treble. O’Connor takes the open aboard Annacarton for handler Jimmy Mangan. Annacarton goes on to record 4 consecutive open wins. 11th April Lingstown Benny Walsh records three wins at the meeting, the first two for handler Brian Jordan and the third aboard Gothic Love over the banks course. Cool Warrior takes the winners race under Dermot Whelan who then also scored aboard Samcora in the mares maiden, these wins were Whelan’s first since 2007.
18th April Dromahane Both Derek and Mikey O’Connor recorded a double each. 18th April Kilmallock Gavin Sheehan recorded his initial points winner aboard Old Wigmore in the 5yo geldings maiden. Ciaran Fennessy rode a double whilst Maxine O’Sullivan took the open aboard Tous Chez. 18th April Tattersalls Farm Jamie Codd recorded 4 wins and a second from five rides including taking the mares winners race with the Colin Bowe trained Monart Lantern. Jackie Kidd gave Simonsberg a perfectly timed ride to take the Ladies open.
20th April Punchestown Jamie Codd’s season is cut short following a fall over the banks in the Ladies Cup.
23rd April Largy A new track for the two day fixture receives good feedback. Drama in the 4yo mares maiden when favourite Me Auld Segosha runs out at the last taking Elisabetta with her, the pair were a distance clear of the others. Ben Crawford gained from this drama and then went on to record a double in the 5yo mares maiden. Cynery and Chris Cully had the winners race in the bag only to fall at the final fence. Jackie Kidd stormed clear in the Ladies open to score with Mister Socks.
24th April Largy Derek O’Connor recorded a double.
25th April Oldcastle Ben Crawford secured his second double in two days, the second leg aboard Mourne Paddy had failed to start the previous day but ran out a 20 length winner. Jack Tobin, Patrick Roche and James Casey all recorded their initial points winners. Ben Brabazon got a luck spare ride when Bumble Beet came home the 12 length winner in the winners race. 25th April Ballysteen Roger Quinlan records a double the second leg aboard Quayside Court giving him his 100th career points winner. Shane Byrne teams up with Denis Murphy to record a double and Annacarton takes the open under J T McNamara. 25th April Dromahane A marathon eleven races sees Mikey O’Connor record a treble and Derek O’Connor a double.
1st May Taylorstown Fourteen –year-old Dublin Hunter takes the open race under his owner/ handler Fiona Dowling. The pair beat Millitant who is trained by Dowling’s boss, Gordon Elliott. Elliott and McGonagle gain compensation with Mayo Abbey in the older geldings maiden. Jason McKeown records his 50th career points winner aboard Carsonstown Bridge, he then goes on to score again later in the day. 1st May Lisronagh Thirteen races are run at the Tipperary track with only Richie Harding managing more than one winner. Thomas Bennett records his initial point winner aboard Golden Call and Lusatani takes the open, the first of his three consecutive wins.
2nd May Dawstown Derek O’Connor records a double.
3rd May Dawstown Richie Harding records a double whilst Maxine O’Sullivan takes the open.
8th May Athlacca Northern raider Wari Mist takes the winners contest for the Crawford Brothers. The geldings banks race goes to Aughlea Bridge and Roger Quinlan who narrowly see off banks specialist Zest For Life. The mares equivalent goes to Hansel Monday ridden by her owner Fergus O’Connor.
9th May Donore Controversy in the mares maiden when due to an injured horse on the approach to the second last the runners are undecided which way to bypass and as a result both the first and fourth past the post are disqualified. Roderic Kavanagh records his initial points winner aboard his own Dom Fontenail. 9th May Sligo Lusatani takes the open for the second week in succession. Ross O’Sullivan makes every post a winning one when he steers Ballyrock to a 10 length success in the 4yo maiden. 9th May Ballindenisk Derek and Mikey O’Connor both record doubles.
14th May Necarne Rudemeister takes the 4yo maiden in style, he is then sold at Doncaster sales during the following week for £75,000. His rider Barry O’Neill then teams up with Colin Bowe to score with Emmas Island and debutant Watdestorey. Clare MacMahon takes the ladies open with Royal Ranger, his fifth win so far this season. This is also MacMahon’s 75th career points success. John Pilkington and James Dowling both record their initial points success.
15th May Necarne Jason McKeown records a double the second leg aboard Indian Shamrock who is trained at the track by Enniskillen Campus students. Both Declan Queally and Derek O’Connor record doubles. O’Connor’s first leg comes in the open contest aboard Top Twig who becomes the first horse to score the maximum six races during the season.
16th May Bartlemy Mikey O’Connor records a treble in the saddle and a double as a handler with Aneda Rose and Coolavanny Gaffer.
22nd May Toomebridge Oldtown Pass comes home alone under James Gault in the hunt race. William Thompson’s efforts to water the track pay off as he rides his initial point winner aboard Carclinty. Mark O’Hare takes both divisions of the older geldings maiden. Derek O’Connor is crowned Northern Champion with 28 winners.
23rd May Dromahane Richie Harding records a double aboard Hillbilly Babe and Search My Soul. Damien Murphy rides a treble to get within reach of J T McNamara and the senior title, two of his winners come courtesy of dead heats. Maxine O’Sullivan takes the open to draw level with Liz Lalor and the ladies title. Derek O’Connor records his 600th Career winner. 23rd May Stradbally Liz Lalor rides a quick fire double to go level with Maxine O’Sullivan. Colin Motherway scores aboard Beg Al Eile to secure joint third spot in the eastern region. Jamie Codd takes the regions award with a total of 38 winners.
30th May Inchydoney Mikey O’Connor records a treble whilst Derek O’Connor can only manage a double but this ensures that the two go into the final weekend on 44 winners a piece in the southern region.
5th June Kinsale Liz Lalor and Maxine O’Sullivan have shaken hands and agreed to tie the ladies title which leaves the ladies race to go to former ladies champion Clare MacMahon aboard Takeyourpick beating Irene Walsh on Tous Chez. Derek O’Connor rides one winner whilst Mikey scores a blank. Damien Murphy takes a heavy fall in the opening race resulting in a broken collar bone – his chances of taking the senior title are gone for this year.
6th June Kinsale Mikey O’Connor secures another winner aboard Quelas whilst Paddy King records a double. The 4 mile open goes to ex track winner Corlaan who denies Annacarton five wins in succession. 6th June Ballingarry Derek O’Connor records a treble leaving him 3 winners ahead of Mikey going into the final day. Takeyourpick and Tous Chez have a quick rematch in the ladies open where the result remains the same. J T McNamara records a first and last race double which secures him the senior title. Rare Benefit take the mares maiden the final winner of the campaign for Beneficial, who takes the leading sire for the second consecutive year.
7th June Ballingarry Derek O’Connor records a treble in so doing secures his 100th winner of the season and the southern title. Both Mikey O’Connor and Roger Quinlan record doubles. Geroid O’Loughlin takes the final race of the 2009/10 Irish point-to-point season.