McBratney holds the Open key at Kirkistown and Corbeagh House.

Three Point to Points are listed this weekend but following some heavy rain over the past few days it would be wise to double check racing at all venues just to see!

The North Down Foxhounds racing on Saturday at Kirkistown with only 67 entries are listed so we have little fear of a longday in Co Down.

Sunday sees 79 entries at the Dungarvan Harriers meeting at Affane with the same number listed at Corbeagh House with the Westmeath Foxhounds and Longford Harriers hosting the event.

Thats just 225 horses entered in 18 races at 3 meetings, an average of a little over 12 per race, hardly the sign of a healthy sport ???

Derek O ‘Connor’s treble at Kilworth last Sunday, sees him leading the riders championship on 11 from Jamie Codd on the 10 winner
mark and Barry O’Neill with 9.

A double for O’Connor with the Pat Doyle trained Amber Gambler and Vinalhaven was followed up on Scoop It for Robert Tyner to see the Co Galway man keep pressure on the Co Wexford pair.

The Co Cork fixture also gave Declan Queally yet another winner with the http://www.talkinhorses.ie Co Waterford jockey winning the Open with the Pivotal 5 year old Seventh Sign.

This was a pretty extraordinary performance by the former track race horse with his handler , Adrian Maguire,planning to keep him between the flags for the present.

Queally may well be at Affane on Sunday as could some of last weekends other winners Damien Skehan, Richie Deegan, Harley Dunne, Steve Clements, Mark Lynch and Noel McParlan, but it all depends on what bookings they get.

Action in the Open at Dungarvan will be restricted to Novice Riders but a nice entry including Becauseicouldntsee, Boxing Along, Isourbell , October Revolution and The Hollinwell makes it look like a pretty intriguing race.

My guess is that the Noel Glynn trained Becauseicouldntsee could make the trip from Clare and if turning up might well account for Isourbell and The Hollinwell.

A number of these entries also have the possibility of opting for the Westmeath and Longford where the Colin McBratney pair of Caronstown Boy and Marito are also listed.

With another interesting entry here in the shape of Shark Hanlons former classy track horse, Luska Lad.

Where or who will McBratney run here?

Both have an option at Kirkistown so …..?????

I will take a guess here and suggest that if both run this weekend , Carsonstown Boy will race at North Down and Marito at the midlands venue, with the key to both races being possibly decided by McBratney!!!

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