Chris O'Donovan, the grandson of former trainer Jack O'Keeffe, is a graduate of the Duhallow Pony Club, and he rode his first winner at Dromahane in April 2014 aboard Optimus Prime, a horse both owned and trained by his sister Kate. A career best 10 winners during the 2015/16 season saw O'Donovan crowned Champion Novice Rider, the same season in which he recorded his first track victory with Theatre Princess at Cork. The 2018/19 campaign saw Chris match that career best 10 winners from his novice title-winning season, a feat he repeated in the Covid-interupted 2020/21.
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The odds-on favourite proved much too good for his rivals as he won his fourth race on the bounce and could be Aintree bound.
The Boulta maiden winner ran out a wide margin winner of the mares point-to-point bumper in the Trevor Hemmings colours.
Mick Winters' charge proved much too good for her six rivals in the opener at Fairyhouse.
Cheltenham on the cards for Rewritetherules after open strike.
Clondaw Secret outshines Gold to win on point debut.
Russellsway vindicates promise with maiden success.
Donnchadh Doyle continued his excellent season with four-year-old's when Fantasia Roque won at Bartlemy.
85-year-old Jim Barry won the four-year-old mares' maiden with Fantasia Storm, the only horse he has in training.
We take a look at the results of the Hunter Chase races and Point-To-Point Bumpers at Cork.
The formidable comination of Barry O'Neill and Colin Bowe enjoyed a double at the mid-week fixture.
Colin Bowe-trained Papa Tango Charly impressed by posting a scintillating debut under Barry O'Neill in the Goffs UK Aintree Sale four-year-old maiden.
Wexford rider Jimmy O’Rourke enjoying a good day the North Galway Hunts meeting at Belclare when registering a double on the day.
Michael O'Sullivan, fresh from his three-timer at Kildorrery the previous Sunday, recorded a double at Bandon.
Knockanard will live long in the memory of 18-year-old Alannah Budds, as she rode her initial points winner aboard her cousin Ken Budd’s Mrs Mcro.
Moig South played host to the second divide of the season, as 17 declaration for the four-year-old geldings’ maiden necessitated two divisions.
The fine run of form at Stradbally for local handler James Fahey continued at the Laois' April fixture.
The Gigginstown House Stud-owned Shot To Hell provided James Kenny with his first four-year-old winner.
Fenno's Storm brought up a milestone 200th points winner in the career of rider Declan Queally at Bandon.
Dlauro and Envious Editor were some of the eye-catching winners on a high class day's racing in the burren.
The 12-runner Hurleys SuperValu, Midleton four-year-old mares’ maiden developed into a truly dramatic race.
The Batt O’Connell-trained Truckin All Night, a former three-time track scorer, made a triumphant return to action by coming with a well-timed run under 19-year-old Shane Baragry.
It was a good day for handler Aidan Fitzgerald who registered a double at the Duhallow Kanturks point-to-point fixture at Dromahane.