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UK Point-to-Point Round Up - 21st February

UK Point-to-Point Round Up - 21st February

The UK point-to-point action continued with a busy weekend of action where six meetings took place around the country.

Brocklesby Point-to-Point held their first meeting of the season which saw four former Irish pointers in the winner’s enclosure.

SPOTLIGHT HORSE: Bene Regina

The six-year-old Bene Regina got off the mark on her first start in UK point-to-points when she ran out the two length winner of the mares’ maiden. Runner-up at Taylorstown last may for Darragh Brennan, the daughter of Beneficial was then sold at the Goffs UK May sale for £5,000 to Nick Kent. Now trained by Jane Kent, Bene Regina now carries the colours of The BDS Pointers Partnership.

Other winners on the day included Duhallow Tornado, who was a winner of the five-year-old geldings’ maiden at Lisronagh in October for Louis Archdeacon. Bought for £25,000 at the Cheltenham November sale, the son of Golden Tornado is now in the care of Chris Pimlott and was the comfortable 20 length winner of the Intermediate race.

De Blacksmith, who was third at Dromahane in 2012 for Tom Keating, won on his UK point-to-point debut for his owner and handler Lucy Horner having won twice on the track for Gary Moore.

Also winning at Brocklesby Park was Starlight Court in the hunt members on what was the former Virginia Considine-trained runner’s first appearance of the season for Adair Pickering.


Larkhill in Wiltshire is one of the busiest UK point-to-point tracks and Sunday saw it hold its fourth meeting of the season.

SPOTLIGHT HORSE: It Has To Be

It Has To Be followed on from his win at Wadebridge in December when he took the Restricted race for his handler, Guy Henderson. The son of Kalanisi had pulled up on his two Irish point-to-point starts when he was with the late John Thomas McNamara.

Cool Valley, a runner for Colin Bowe in 2014 registered his first UK point-to-point win when he was the three and a half-length winner of the maiden conditions race for his new handler Elizabeth Harris on what was his first start since June 2016.


The first meeting of the North West season took place at Bangor-on-Dee on Sunday 18th February.

Former Kilworth winner, Global Power won his second UK point-to-point of the season when he held onto victory by a neck in the Club member’s race for his owner and trainer Heidi Brookshaw.


The season in South Wales got underway with the first of the two Curre & Llangibby fixtures at Howick, near Chepstow, on Sunday which saw three Irish point-to-point graduates in the winner’s enclosure.

SPOTLIGHT HORSE: Bean Liath

Bean Liath, who was third at Lemonfield in March for Aidan Fogarty got off the mark on the first time of asking for her new connections in the open maiden. Now trained by Kirstin Mellor, the daughter of Portrait Gallery made it a pillar to post victory to win by 20 lengths over another former Irish pointer in Padre Titio.

Other winners on the day included the seven-year-old Champione, who was enjoying his first UK point-to-point having won his six-year-old maiden at Necarne two years ago for Jerry Cosgrave.

Also scoring at Howick was Moral Hazard in the Mixed Open for Beverley Thomas who also owned the former Michael Cullen-trained runner-up.


Buckfastleigh in South Devon held the first of its two meetings to take place this season with the former David Harry Kelly-trained Navanman taking the confined race for John Heard. Runner-up at Athlacca in 2014, the son of Well Chosen had also finished second and third at Chipley Park and Wadebridge in January.

Former Ballindenisk winner Ballybane got off to a winning start in UK point-to-points when he took the restricted race by three and a half lengths for Claire Harris who also trained the runner-up Blazing Bouncer.


The South East Hunt club meeting at Charing in Kent saw five Irish point-to-point graduates in the winner’s enclosure.

SPOTLIGHT HORSE: Important Moment

Important Moment (pictured), a Kirkistown six-year-old winner for David Christie in November 2015, secured his first UK point-to-point success for the Dale Peters yard in the conditions race by eight lengths having won a maiden hurdle at Perth in 2016 for Stuart Crawford.

The Nigel Padfield-trained Quick Oats secured his sixth UK point’s win of his career when he held victory in the conditions race by a short head.

Also scoring at Charing was Degooch in the Ladies open for Christy Mews. The now nine-year-old won his four-year-old maiden at Toomebridge in 2013 for Donnchadh Doyle before going on to win eight races on track for Johnny Farrelly.

Ivy Gate won his second UK point-to-point when he took the Mens open by six lengths over Jimmy The Jetplane which was the second winner of the day for Christy Mews.

Former Seamus Neville-trained Caryto Des Brosses lost his maiden tag in the open maiden for his new handler, David Kemp having finished fourth at Highham in January.

DATE
COURSE
HORSE RACE IRISH HANDLER YEAR
17.02.18 Brocklesby Park Starlight Court Hunt Members Virginia Considine 2015
17.02.18 Brocklesby Park Duhallow Tornado Intermediate L.J.Archdeacon 2017
17.02.18 Brocklesby Park De Blacksmith Conditions Tom Keating 2012
17.02.18 Brocklesby Park Bene Regina Mares' Maiden Darragh Brennan 2017
 18.02.18 Larkhill  It Has To Be  Restricted J.T.McNamara 2015
 18.02.18 Larkhill  Cool Valley  Conditions Colin Bowe 2015
 18.02.18  Howick  Champione  Restricted J.G.Cosgrave 2016
 18.02.18 Howick  Moral Hazard  Mixed Open Michael Cullen 2014
 18.02.18 Howick  Bean Liath  Open Maiden Aidan Fogarty 2017
 18.02.18  Buckfastleigh  Navanman  Confined  David Harry Kelly 2014
 18.02.18  Buckfastleigh  Ballybane  Restricted C.J.Dore  2014
 18.02.18 Bangor- On-Dee Global Power Club Members J.P.Brennan 2010
 18.02.18  Charing  Caryto Des Brosses  Open Maiden Seamus Neville 2016
 18.02.18 Charing  Ivy Gate  Mens Open R.C.A. Latta 2013
 18.02.18 Charing  Degooch  Ladies Open Donnchadh Doyle 2013
 18.02.18 Charing  Important Moment  Conditions D.M.Christie 2016
 18.02.18 Charing  Quick Oats  Conditions John .J Mullane  2015

 


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