James Kenny had an ideal schoolmaster to kickstart his career, as he teamed-up with former top open horse Vital Plot for his first nine rides, five of which resulted in placed finishes following a debut at Dowth Hall in October 2015. The son of well-known handler Liam, Kenny recorded his first success at Killeagh in January 2017, with the mare, who is also trained by his father, providing him with a further two winners during the 2017/18 season. An association with Champion Handler Colin Bowe brought a first four-year-old maiden success and ensured he ended the campaign with nine winners - his best to date.
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There was a three way tie for this year’s Western Region Title with James Kenny, Rob James and Barry O’Neill taking the honours.
James Kenny produced the son of Shirocco to come from last to first as he won at Punchestown for his father Liam.
The riders picked up their two-day suspension following the start of a maiden at the Co. Down venue in March.
King reigns supreme in farewell to old course.
Highly impressive Forge Hill sparks a double for Doyle.
Ya Boy Ya provided James Kenny with his first track success in the Downpatrick bumper.
45 winners secures the handlers title for Colin Bowe
There was double delight for James Kenny at the Tipperary course, including a family success with Ya Boy Ya.
Jamie Codd dominated at Loughanmore with a treble on the replacement fixture for the cancelled Easter meeting.
Jamie Codd capped of a week which saw him enjoy Grade 1 success when riding a double at the Galway venue.
It was a day to remember for Pa King when the former novice champion rode a first career treble.
County Wexford rider Barry O'Neill enjoyed a double on Sunday at his local track in Monksgrange.
The highlight of the day at Lingstown was the Hearne Line Marking open cross country race where the increased prize fund of €3,000.
It was a red letter day for John McNally who saddled his first winner as a handler in the older maiden for novice riders when Nabraska ran out a ready winner.
County Wexford rider Jimmy O'Rourke had a successful day at Borris House on Sunday when recording a double on the card.
Barry O’Neill extending his advantage at the top of the riders table, riding a double on the day at Ballinaboola which was initiated by Telmesomethinggirl.
The County Wexford rider opened his account between-the-flags at Loughrea last Sunday, aboard Unexpected Depth in the 4yo maiden.
The Sam Curling-trained Longhouse Music picked-up where she had left off, by returning to the winners enclosure.
The Gigginstown House Stud-owned Shot To Hell provided James Kenny with his first four-year-old winner.
James Kenny rode his first four-year-old winner at Dromahane on Sunday aboard Shot To Hell.
Former Grade 1 winner Uxizandre made a winning pointing debut to claim the prestigous Barbour Cup.
Shadow Rider continued an excellent start to the spring 4yo campaign for Barry O'Neill, Colin Bowe & Walter Connors.