THE Northern Region autumn sector of the point to point season concluded on a cold day at Kirkistown. Larne trainer, Stuart Crawford and former Irish champion rider, Jamie Codd registered doubles at the final meeting. The Larne trainer recorded a one-two and fourth in the mares maiden, when ‘Brophies Doll’, partnered by Shane Fitzgerald, prevailed beating ‘Largy Princess’ with the trainer’s brother Ben aboard. The winner is owned by former rider, James Jenkins from Ballyclare.
Crawford said: “I’ll look for a mares winners race if she’s not sold in the meantime.”
The local trainer completed his double when ‘Coastal Tiep’ made it two from two for the handler since purchased from British Champion trainer, Paul Nicholls when claiming the open race feature and the local trainer said: “I’ll aim him at the hunterchase at Down Royal on Boxing Day.”
Jamie Codd landed the five-year-old maiden on the Norman Geraghty trained ‘Larry Looby’ – the trainer again advising the horse will continue in points if not sold. The brace was completed when the former champion steered ‘Too Wise Men’ to debut success in the finale for trainer, Jim Dreaper with the winner yet again sales bound. The runner up ‘Okey Dokey’ was trained by Donaghadee handler, Clare Cannon, who sprang a 25/1 success the previous evening at Dundalk when winning with new recruit ‘Tomwontlisten’.
Multiple All Ireland champion rider, Derek O’Connor put the prior experience of ‘Eaglehill’ to good use in the first division of the opener. The Colin McKeever trained winner was a long distance victor over debutante ‘Tareeshar’ and leading owner, Wilson Dennison said: “Like all of mine, he’s now for sale.”
Donnchadh Doyle continued his dominance of the juvenile division when ‘Allbarone’ with Rob James in the saddle claimed the second division when challenging at the final fence to score and is another due to appear next in the sales arena.
Banbridge rider, Mark O’Hare continued his very successful run of riding bumper winners when partnering ‘Barrington Court’ to a runaway success in the listed bumper at Navan for trainer, Jessica Harrington on Sunday.
Kirkistown point to point
First race – Division 1: 1) Eaglehill [Derek O’Connor] 5/2fav; 2) Tareeshar; 3) Clondaw Promise. 11 ran. 8 – 4.
Division 2: 1) Allbarone [Rob James] 7/2; 2) First Earl; 3) Irish Hill. 9 ran. 4 – 2 1/4.
Second Race: 1) Brophies Doll [Shane Fitzgerald] 5/1; 2) Largy Princess; 3) Rubiana. 11 ran. 6 – 1.
Third Race: 1) Larry Looby [Jamie Codd] 5/2; 2) Destination Dylan; 3) Samurai Cracker. 10 ran. 3/4 – 3 1/2.
Fourth Race: 1) The Echo Boy [Larry O’Carroll] 7/4fav; 2) Sidetracked; 3) Minimum Mix. 8 ran. 2 – 20.
Fifth Race: 1) Coastal Tiep [Ben Crawford] 1/1; 2) Chosen Dream; 3) Sambremont. 5 ran. 4 – 1/2.
Sixth Race: 1) Too Wise Men [Jamie Codd] 4/5fav; 2) Okey Dokey; 3) Anticur. 4 ran. 5 – 5.