THE veteran 14-year-old ‘Mount Colah’ gave a bold front running display of jumping to claim the featured open race at the Iveagh point to point at Moira for father and duo, Sean and Noel McParlan. The winner, a very useful two and half mile chaser when trained by Jerry Cosgrave winning nine on the track, started his career winning a Loughbrickland point to point on his debut. Champion rider, McParlan has been associated with the horse in all his victories.
The rider said: “He will stick to open races in the foreseeable future.”
Downpatrick trainer, Brian Hamilton produced ‘Merrion Avenue’ to land the older maiden, overcoming a lengthy absence. The race, restricted to novice riders, saw Ben Harvey take the mount on the winner, also owned by the trainer and, having always been prominent, led at the penultimate and kept on in game fashion after the last, despite a mistake to score.
Hamilton said: “I’ll look for a suitable winners contest next.”
The Donnchadh Doyle trained, ‘Dream Of Home’, with Rob James aboard, took the opener making all to win. ‘Lecale Lass’ appeared the likely winner going to the final fence in the mares maiden, only to be taken out by a loose horse, allowing the Paul Cashman trained, ‘Call Me Merry’, partnered by Mickey O’Sullivan, to prevail.
‘He’s Rockin’ won on his debut in the geldings maiden for trainer, Andrew Latta and All-Ireland champion rider, Barry O’Neill, who then completed a double in the finale on the Colin Bowe trained, ‘Navy Girl’. All the last named four winners are now destined for the sales according to connections.
Mrs Margaret Allen continued the family’s association with the Iveagh fixture, with her late husband Jim and son, late Paddy Allen having been stalwarts in organising the meeting.
Champion rider, Barry O’Neill thanked Mrs Margaret Allen, who runs the Moira Equestrian Centre and Gallop, for providing the venue and the hunt for organising the fixture.
Saturday, October 10
Moira point to point
FIRST RACE: 1) Dreams Of Home, Rob James; 2) Bill Baxter; 3) Banbridge. 10 ran. 1 – 10.
SECOND RACE: 1) Call Me Merry, Mickey O’Sullivan; 2) Jack Daniels; 3) Chance Of Success. 8 ran, 4 – 4.
THIRD RACE: 1) He’s Rocking, Barry O’Neill; 2) Carrig Rock; 3) Tinder Dan. 13 ran. 6 – 4.
FOURTH RACE: 1) Mount Colah, Noel McParlan; 2) Templebredin; 3) Marinero. 8 ran. 5 – 4.
FIFTH RACE: 1) Merrion Avenue, Ben Harvey; 2) Houston Texas; 3) Quill Road. 8 ran. 2 – 6.
SIXTH RACE: 1) Navy Girl, Barry O’Neill; 2) Drumconnor; 3) Jaunty Velocity. 6 ran. 5 – 4.