TWO days of point to point racing at the Fermanagh meeting at Necarne had a damp and disappointing conclusion for organisers. An inch of rain overnight saw the going change to soft/heavy, while two races with a pair of runners and another two contests with just four was minimal support for the event.
‘Winged Leader’, trained at Derrylin by David Christie, provided a double for the handler on Saturday and a hat trick over both days. The high class hunterchaser beat his sole rival by a distance, while also supplying All
Ireland Champion rider, Barry O’Neill with his third Northern Champion title.
Christie said: “I’ll talk to the owner and discuss what opportunities remain this season. The Stratford meeting would be a possibility, as he was runner up in the Champion Novice Hunterchase there two years ago. Listowel would be another possibility.”
‘Sholsang’, again with O’Neill aboard, completed the brace for the local trainer and was left clear when his stable mate ‘How’s Things’ departed at the last when beaten – the winner scoring by a distance from the only other finisher, ‘The Bolder Boy’ in the Hunt race.
‘William Tyndale’ was duly rewarded with a victory in the finale, having recorded two excellent efforts in hunterchases for Draperstown
trainer, Noel Kelly and rider, Daniel Scullion – the winner looks one to note going forward. The Draperstown horse was always handy and, despite a mistake three from home, was able to stretch clear going to the last registering a facile victory for connections.
The winning rider is also the stable’s farrier.
Kelly said: “I’ll see if there is a suitable winners race before the end of the season, but he’ll go to the course proper during the summer months.”
Despite just four runners in the opening younger maiden, the quartet could prove above average, with the Cormac Doyle trained, ‘Curtain Tim’ partnered by Jack Hendrick, winning and beating ‘Rodaniche’ and only three lengths covering the four at the finish after a fast run event.
Cavan trainer, Shane Donohue supplied the first pair home in the five-year-old geldings maiden, with
‘Croagh Patrick’ and ‘Harley Dunne’ beating stable companion ‘If Not For Dylan’.
‘Kate’s Hill’, trained at Downpatrick by Pat Turley, landed the mares maiden and will now be aimed at a bumper while winning rider, Declan Lavery was doubling up at the fixture, having also won on Friday.
Saturday, May 22
Necarne point to point
First Race: 1) Curtain Time (Jack Hendrick); 2) Rodaniche; 3) Cartonne. 2 – 3/4. 4 ran.
Second Race: 1) Sholsang (Barry O’Neill); 2) The Bolder Boy. Only 2 finished. 4 ran. Distance.
Third Race: 1) Croagh Patrick (Harley Dunne); 2) If Not For Dylan; 3) Master Mikey Dee. 7 ran. 2 – 3 1/2.
Fourth Race: 1) Winged Leader (Barry O’Neill); 2) Ned Stark. 2 ran. Distance.
Fifth Race: 1) Kate’s Hill (Declan Lavery); 2) Craan Run. 2 ran. 5 1/2 lengths.
Sixth Race: 1) William Of Tyndale (Daniel Scullion); 2) Knockiel Synge; 3) John Adams. 9 ran. 20 – 2.