ON Saturday, October 16, the Route Hunt held their autumn Point to Point races at the farm of Mr Ian McMaw on Loguestown Road Portrush, in memory of Philip White. The public were permitted to attend and, once again, they were provided with a great day of racing. There was on site parking, an ice cream van, a coffee van, a chip van, bookies and the Inn on The Coast Air stream bar serving soft drinks, beers and spirits, as well as hot port and hot whisky, which went down a treat!
There were six races and, until the end of each race, it was hard to know who the winner was going to be, which provided a great atmosphere.
The majority of point to point horses are based in the South of Ireland, but the winners on the day were all Northern horses, which is a credit to their trainers and owners!
The Route Hunt thank all their sponsors for their financial support for the day and also all those volunteers, without whose help the running of the event would not be possible.
The hunt also thank those landowners and farmers, over whose lands they hunt, for their kindness and cooperation throughout the season.
The Route Hunt Spring Point to Point is due to be held at Portrush on Saturday, March 26, 2022 – so save the date and bring along your family and friends for a great day out!
If anyone is interested in helping at this event, then contact Hazel Kelly, the point to point secretary on 07759 563183.
Saturday, October 16
Route Hunt point to point at Portrush
Race 1 – Maiden Race for four-year-olds, sponsored by Dennisons Commercials Ltd:
1) Ballyhigh, owned by Wilson Dennison (race sponsor) and trained by Jamie Sloan; 2) Boolamore Glory, owned by Baltimore Stables Syndicate and trained by Mary E Doyle; 3) Champagne Town, owned by Milestone Bloodstock Ltd and trained by Colin Bowe.
Race 2 – Maiden Race for five-year-old geldings, sponsored by O’Connor, Kennedy and Turtle & Tattersalls Ireland:
1) Glebe Road, owned by Mary Kelly and trained by Patrick Turley; 2) Rockhamtom, owned by Templeburn Racing Syndicate and trained by Colin McBratney; 3) Satellite Receiver, owned by Monbeg Syndicate and trained by Eamonn Doyle.
Race 3 – Maiden Race for five-year-old and upwards mares, sponsored by A Diamond & Son Timber Ltd:
1) Justwest, owned by Edward & Patrick Kearns and trained by Gary McGill; 2) Any Time, owned by Aloysius Harney and trained by Ross O’Sullivan; 3) Drumless Pet, owned by Sean McParlan and trained by Noel McParlan.
Race 4 – Open Lightweight Race, sponsored by Kellys Portrush:
1) Vaucelet, owned by SJ Hegarty and trained by David Christie; 2) Fenlon’s Hill, owned by Clare L cannon and trained by Clare Cannon. Only two finished in this race.
Race 5 – Winners of three, sponsored by Royal Court Hotel:
1) Ask D’Man, owned by S J Hegarty and trained by David Christie; 2) William Tyndale, owned by Shauna Kelly and trained by Noel Kelly; 3) Chariot Warrior, owned and trained by James Brown Kerr.
Race 6 – Maiden Race for six-year-old and upwards geldings, sponsored by Kenny’s Eurospar, Coleraine:
1) Drumlee Castle, owned and trained by Gary Dillon; 2) Ballymist, owned by Alan McCaldin and trained by Thomas McMahon; 3) Five Dollar Fine, owned by Milestone Bloodstock Ltd and trained by Colin Bowe.