O’Connor and Codd match strides as Kavanagh and Donworth take the Opens.

Affane and Corbeagh House managed to race on Sunday with both venues serving up a six race card for the Point to Point enthusiast.

The Dungarvan Hunt saw Derek O’Connor record a double at the Affane course opening with Heron Heights in the 5 Year Old Maiden.

This Donal Hassett owned and trained Heron Island gelding had only managed to complete one point prior to this, at Inchydoney, but built on that second place to win here.

This looks like a sort for the sales in the future after a patient ride here by his Co Galway pilot.

O’Connor served up a similar dish in the Mares Winners race which he took on the Joseph O’Keeffe’s Miss Oscarose. This 7 year old Oscar mare ridden by O’Connor for the first time, was winning for the third time between the flags and may repeat the fete before seasons end.

The MMG Irl. Horse Rail Open was confined to novice riders with the Co Kildare based Roderic Kavanagh winning on Dantes King for Ross O’Sullivan. This 3 time track winner was a fine second at Grennan Mill behind Oscar Barton and looks like a horse that could provide Kavanagh another winning opportunity or two in his mother Antoinette’s silks.

The 9 year old Kings Theatre gelding won this in a tight finish but there just might be more to come from him during the season.

Racing opened at the Co Waterford track with a welcome win for Pat Collins, who took the opening Brightwells Bloodstock 4 year old Maiden with Eoin Doyles Jetstream Jack.

This Beneficial gelding , raced in the colours of Patricia Doyle the winning trainers mother.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see this horse appear next in the sales ring!

The other two races at this venue saw Eoin O’Sullivan win on the 5 year old Fruits of Love mare Um From Umbridge for his father Eugene while Jim Culloty saddled his own Topsham Breeze to take the Older Horses Maiden under Jonathan Fitzgerald.

The new track at Corbeagh House was the venue for this seasons Weatmeath and Longford Hunt fixture with reigning champion Jamie Codd taking the first race on Cogryhill. Trained by Gordon Elliott and owned by Wilson Dennison the well supported 4 year old by Presenting made an eyecatching debut.

Codd kept tabs on Derek O’Connor at the head of the jockeys title race with a double of his own when winning on Chosen Dream.

The Well Chosen 6 year old gelding, had a bit of track form but has really blossomed since going pointing, taking his fourth race here.

Trained by Graham McKeever , they just might be tempted to return to the track , but thats just a hunch.

Another former track performer, Barry Connells Court Frontier, finally got his head in front when winning here under JJ Firzpatrick. Trained by Alan Fleming the Court Cave gelding ran well at Ballinaboola last weekend when a staying on second.

A return to the track is also likely for this horse, but I wouldn’t rule out a hunter chase or two rather than hurdles!

Gordon Elliott has kept his new recruit Oscar Barton on the go since the start of the season with the Tim Donworth ridden horse winning for the third time so far in the Open Lightweight category.

The took the Quinns Supply Stores Ltd Open here with a spin in a Hunters Chase now on the agenda.

The final two winners here saw Mr Cosmopolitan win for Jim Dreaper and Paul Cawley with Jo Go taking the Mares Maiden NJ Terry and Caroline O ‘Leary.



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