O’Sullivan’s double highlights a weekend of notable performances.


It was nice to see a full fixture list over the weekend in the point to point fields.

With the Kilkenny Foxhound meeting being graced with my presence at Bennettsbridge a quick scan of the results and chat throws up some noteworthy performances.

None more so than the Duhallow Foxhound meeting at Kildorrery where Eoin O’Sullivan recorded the first double of his career.

The 17 year old son of Co Cork based trainer Eugene won on Scorpioncer for his father and Tomas Singleton in the 5 year old geldings maiden , while the Open Lightweight saw O’Sullivan win on The Hollinwell. With Mossey Joe not declared, Eoin took the race on the Classic Cliche horse, owned and trained by his father Eugene.

Where will this young man turn up next? Cheltenham? No matter where it is he season has already been memorable!

Another performance of note was the Willie Burke
trained Mezendore, with the son of Bach winning well under a fine ride by Mikey O’Connor in the Winners contest. This horse has more to offer and should progress from here.

The East Clare meeting at Killaloe saw the Mares Open fall to the veteran mare Isourbell for Co Cork based Sean Aherne. Taking on her customary front running role under Shiela Ahern the 12 year old Executive Perk mare saw off her younger rivals. She is a remarkably tough, genuine and consistent mare and both Sean and Shiela must be proud of her.

On the same card Donnchadh Doyle sent Fruits of Dreams on the long trip from his Co Wexford base and the 6 year old mare won under Rob James. The debutante daughter of Fruits of Love might well be sold by her current owner Raymond Murphy.

While up north the Tynan and Armagh meeting at Farmaclaffley saw Carsonstown Boy win the Open Lightweight for the McBratney/ McParlan partnership. This son of Golden Tornado has hit a nice stream of form and could be one to stay on the right side of now.

Another horse that won here that might step up in class very soon is Kerrib Castle. This Winged Love gelding took the Confined Winners under owner/rider Michael McConville in the style of an improving horse. Trained in Co Armagh by Michaels father Stephen McConville he looks an interesting sort.

The final race on this card saw Raymond Cody an 18 year old from Co Kilkenny ride his very first winner when taking the older geldings maiden on Ballycotin for Eoin Doyle. Cody is working full time at Doyles Mooncoin yard and will try a winners contest on the horse next.

Not a bad weekend at all and we are not even into March yet!


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