Walsh and McCutcheon may not have it all their own way at Bandon!


A busy weekend looks like unfolding this weekend between the flags with four scheduled meetings at Tinahely, Bandon, Lemonfield and The Pigeons.

The Open Lightweights have drawn a respectable entry level given our proximity to the Cheltenham Festival and possible participation in the Foxhunters Chase.

The Durkan Family sponsor the Open at Tinahely where the Bray Hunt stage their spring fixture.

It is noteworthy that numerous horses hold double and treble entries on the day so just where they actually race is anyones guess.

Vincent Halley has Boxing Along entered here and the previous course winner might try to repeat it here under Paul Power. The Witness Box 10 year old ran well at Bennettsbridge last weekend , failing to Davy From Milan having held every chance of winning.

The field here also includes Irene Walsh and Eugene O’Sullivans Pocket Reader who unseated at Knockanard a few weeks back when holding every chance.

These could opt for the Carbery Foxhound meeting at Bandon , but more of that later.

The Tinahely meeting will likely see Aine Dagg try to win from the front on the 12 year old River Call so Power and Boxing Along would not want to let them get too far ahead as the are capable of staying on stoutly.

Sam Curling has Klassy entered here and he could make his presence felt as could John Paul Brennans wild card entry, Need To Know.

The Bandon Open , sponsored by Fernhill House and Gardens might well be a battle between the ladies with Irene Walsh on Pocket Reader and Evanna McCutcheon on Long Strand.

The might not however have it to themselves as some nice progressive younger horses including Anseanachai Cliste, Buster Dan Dan and Dallas Cloud are entered. If you dont discount the veterans Powerstation and Freneys Well this could be the race of the weekend.

The Limerick Hunt meeting at Lemonfield has more than one or two of the previously mentioned horses, with my my guess that Michael Hourigans Awkward Moment could make a bold showing here .However Freneys Well would be my choice to give the famous green and gold McManus a winning day out as the 14 year old Primitive Rising gelding is no back number.

Our final Open Lightweight sees the biggest field of the day with 17 entries for the Connaught Gold sponsored event.

The Last Derby could make a quick return to action for David Christie here with One Cool Clarkson for Neil McKnight, William Ross’s Russian Regent and John O’Neills Sports Line all in with a real chance if declared.

For my money Russian Regent , if fit ,could make them all race here.

The Moscow Society gelding is very experienced in the point to point fields and has some track form as well.

As always p2p.ie can keep you informed on the day, so enjoy the racing where ever you might be!


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