It looks like a pretty hectic weekend in the point to point fields.

It looks like being a pretty hectic weekend in the point to point fields with a busy Saturday and Sunday planned.

Racing kicks off tomorrow at Toomebridge with the Mid Antrim Hunt while the Golden Vale Foxhounds also race at Glenbane.

Entries unfortunately are not that strong with just 63 and 80 respectively, with both meetings requiring a strong declaration to make racing competitive.

The Dew Valley Open Lightweight at Glenbane has 13 entries with an interesting race on offer, if they all turn up!

Eugene O’Sullivan has one of last seasons strongest Open horses, The Hollinwell entered from his Co Cork yard.

He has not quite come back to that form this year but the softer ground and some stiffer galloping tracks might just help.

Others of note here include, Eoin Doyle’s , Come To The Party, with the Co Kilkenny trainer no doubt hopeful that the 11 year old Taipan gelding can return to his winning track form at Limerick in 2013.

I also spotted the 7 year old Flemensfirth gelding, Lord of Lords among the entries. Edward O’Grady also has given him an entry at Boulta but I’d reckon that if fit he might just run at Glenbane.

This former bumper winner must have had an issue or two but he looks a possibility if saddled.

The Open at Toomebridge sponsored by Doherty and Grey Meats has 11 entered and if you exclude the stand out entry, Oscar Barton, it looks a difficult race to decipher.

Boxing Along and The Last Derby are entered here for Vincent Halley and David Christie.

Neither of these two horses have run into form yet, with Christie also likely to be represented by The Hard Hat. This 10 year old Beneficial horse might not be the quickest but he has run reasonably of late, at Corbeagh House and Maralin. He may get most to do from Colin McBratneys Sole Witness, with the Witness Box 10 year old in good form since switching from the track.

The Banks course at Lingstown on Sunday will see the Keating Transport sponsored Open at the South Wexford venue.

With just 11 entries for the race, the other 5 races see a total of 107 on the day. The only real chance of a divide on the day is in the 5 Year Old Geldings Maiden which has 29 entries!

The Open looks , perhaps, like being a match between Denis Murphys Theroadtocroker and Gordon Elliotts Current Exchange.

Both of these horses clashed over the Banks course at Tattersalls Farm with Murphy’s 10 year old by Witness Box upsetting Elliotts 5/2 on favourite.

The Tim Donworth ridden 9 year old Beneficial horse has since disappointed behind Seventh Sign at Kilworth, so he has something to prove here.

But both of them might be under pressure to beat a returned to form Cork Citizen, with my hunch being that O’Sullivans Overbury 6 year old might just take the day if travelling up from Co Cork.

The entries at the Co Waterford fixture at Boulta are the strongest, with a divide or two likely in the 4 and 5 Year Old Maiden’s.

The Kenneally Steel Open has 17 entries with some notable entries including Adrian Maguires , Seventh Sign, Eoin Doyles, Davy From Milan, Denis Prendergasts , Easyondeye and Corkseagh Royale.

When you throw in the returning Powerstation, Valentino’s Choice , Cork Citizen, The Hollinwell and Harpor it looks like a race to savour.

If Adrian Maguire gives Declan Queally the leg up again on Seventh Sign at Boulta they may just shade it.

With Derek O’Connor, Jamie Codd and Barry O’Neill leading the way in the jockeys championship, this weekend will see all three strive to put more winners on the board.

Just who leads the championship on Sunday evening is anyones guess.



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