Paul Bannon did not follow a typical path to a riding career, as with no family connection to horses, he moved from riding ponies and hunters, to hunting with the Ward Union, before a first pointing ride at Necarne in May 2011. It was on a horse that he owned, Ericus Erici, trained by Shane Cawley, that he rode his first points winner at Castletown-Geoghegan in 2016. Paul has a number of track winners to his name, the first of which came at Fairyhouse in October 2015 on Mental Strength for Gillian Callaghan. It was also the Meath-based Callaghan who supplied the him with his first four-year-old maiden winner, Dream On John, at Boulta in 2018.
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The recent Fairyhouse faller collared the favourite My Immortal in the dying strides at Tipperary on Thursday.
It was a day to remember for Ian Donoghue who registered his first winner as a handler at his local track with Optional Mix winning the five-year-old mares maiden.
The Kilcock handler took advantage of the Hunter Chase licence which allowed him to run the mare on Easter Monday.
The riders picked up their two-day suspension following the start of a maiden at the Co. Down venue in March.
Sky is the limit for Amarillo after gritty debut success.
Ewing and Gainford make hay as Only The Bold shines.
Elliott’s Mala Beach proves different class on point debut.
It was a day to remember for Wicklow rider Shane Fenelon who rode a career double at a low-key fixture.
Tiernan Roche recorded his fifth success of the season when steering Howya Hun to victory in the opening five-year-old mares’ maiden.
Minella Melody justified her lofty reputation by staying out stoutly to see off runner-up Old Dominion by 10 lengths.
Court Jurado and Everybreathyoutake were among the four-year-old winners at Taylorstown.
Reigning champion Barry O'Neill added a brace of victories to his season haul at the rescheduled fixture.
From the hunting fields with the Ward Union's to the winner's enclosure at Bellurgan Park, this week we find out more about Paul Bannon.