Steel Shows Metal
It was a case of back to Dromahane on Monday last where the local Kanturk-Duhallow Hunt staged their annual Point-to-Point.
Having lost a contest in the steward’s room some twenty four hours earlier, trainer Batt O’Connell got some measure of compensation as Truckers Steel (6-11/4) under Colman Sweeney sluiced up by 1L in the second split of the 5 year old Geldings Maiden.
Sweeney had the progeny of Craigsteel in the front rank throughout and subsequently was never headed and had plenty left in the locker as Kevin Power produced 7/4 shot Ashford Wood with a wet sail going to the final obstacle, but on the level it was all about the lightly raced Truckers Steel who duly went on to score cosily by 1L from the jolly.
Fellow parishioner of O’Connell’s, Dinny Spillane was seen to good effect on board 3/1 shot Orah Hall who duly landed a very competitive Mares Maiden for which eleven went to post.
In front from the drop of the flag Orah Hall had this field stretched from a long way out, with only the Derek O’Connor partnered Who Let De Dogs Out (EV-6/4-EV) throwing down a challenge going to three out, a mistake here nearly cost Orah Hall the contest but within a matter of strides Spillane quickly had the progeny of Saddlers Hall back in front and from here she powered home to score by 3L from the jolly.
The winner who Dinny also trains for his mother Breda may next be seen out at Mallow over Easter in a mares bumper.
Derek O’Connor and trainer John Gleeson combined to take the winners of three with 4/6 shot (from Ev) The Talkins Over with the progeny of Beneficial sluicing up by 7L.
Produced to lead three out by O’Connor the 7 year old drew right away to dismiss Lord Fox (5/2-3-5/2) and Colman Sweeney by 7L.
“Ah Derek gets on great with this fellow” commented Gleeson, “It was his idea to run this fellow here and we will wait to see where we go from here, he is for sale but we may go back to the track”.
Lady riders Maxine O’Sullivan and Irene Walsh both tasted victory on horses trained by Eugene O’Sullivan.
First up was recent Kilworth runner-up Cork Citizen (2-11/4-5/2) who under Maxine O’Sullivan edged on before the last of the thirteen obstacles in the Confined Maiden and once safely over this was always in command holding Tempelpirate (4-7) and Eoin O’Brien by 1L.
Odds on punters got badly burned in the Open Lightweight as Irene Walsh forced 11/2 shot Pocket Reader up late on to score by a head to deny 4/7 shot (from 4/5) Near Perfection and Kevin Power.
One To Follow!!!
Primo Capitano (Paurick O’Connor)
This imposing progeny of Milan made his debut here and he was noted doing his best work at the death finishing fourth beaten 16L and maiden success looks a formality.
4 year old Maiden
1 Clean Sheet (K E Power), 2 Kilcooley (M J O’Connor), 3 At Your Peril (A McCurtin), 4 Anti Cool (H Dunne) (11-2). Dist: 4L 15L 10L (10 ran) (Enda Bolger).
5 year old Geld Maiden Div 1
1 Amron Kris (J W Hannon), 2 Trickaway (D O’Connor), 3 De Kerryman (J T Carroll), 4 Primo Capitano (K E Power). Dist: ½L ½L 15L (11 ran) (James Motherway).
5 year old Geld Maiden Div 2
1 Truckers Steel (C J Sweeney), 2 Ashford Wood (K E Power), 3 Alwasey (D Queally), 4 Mr Mercurial (D O’Connor). Dist: 1L 12L 1L (10 ran) (Batt O’Connell).
1 Cork Citizen (Ms M O’Sullivan) (11-9), 2 Tempelpirate (E P O’Brien) (11-9), 3 Strong Wind (W O’Hanlon) (11-9), 4 The Real Citizen (D Noonan) (11-9). Dist: 1L 3L 1L (7 ran) (Eugene O’Sullivan).
5 year old and up Mares Maiden
1 Orah Hall (D Spillane), 2 Who Let The Dogs Out (D O’Connor), 3 Dawn Miracle (L Murphy), 4 Amy’s Island (C W Fennessy). Dist: 3L 5L 2L (11 ran) (Denis Spillane).
1 Pocket Reader (Ms I Walsh) (11-9), 2 Near Perfection (C Power), 3 Priests Leap (D O’Connor), 4 Major Finnegan (J J Burke) (11-9). Dist: HD 6L 1L (6 ran) (Eugene O’Sullivan).
Winners of Three
1 The Talkins Over (D O’Connor), 2 Lord Fox (C J Sweeney), 3 Ballyness (B Crowley) (11-9). Dist: 7L 18L (5 ran) (John Gleeson).