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Collins calls time on 14-year riding career

Fourteen years after making his point-to-point debut at Dromahane, Pat Collins has called time on a riding career which saw him ride over 100 winners between the flags.

The Castlemartyr native suffered a fractured vertebrae in a fall in the Adjacent maiden at Boulta last December, in what has proven to be his final ride in the pointing sphere, having announced his retirement ahead of the start of the new season.

That same Boulta card also supplied him with his 103rd and final victory in the pointing fields, 12 years after he first entered the winner’s enclosure at Skibbereen following the success of Smalltowntalk in March 2006.

In that intervening time, Collins was fortunate enough to partner many future smart performers, including the Scottish National and dual Becher Chase winner, Hello Bud, a horse he rode to victory in an Adjacent Hunt race at Tallanstown in April 2006 – just his second ever winner in points.

It was with Mooncoin operator Eoin Doyle that he struck up a particularly successful partnership, with the Kilkenny handler responsible for providing him with many of his most notable four-year-old maiden winners, including Thyestes Chase winner Champagne West, who he rode to victory at Loughanmore in 2012, and dual Grade 3 winner Village Vic, who was a Taylorstown winner for Collins.

Meanwhile, Marinero and Jetstream Jack, were some of the other notable winners that the pair enjoyed together.

No handler supplied him with as many winners as Terence O’Brien, someone who supported him right throughout his career, including at Liscarroll aboard Articulum, whilst he also rode the winner of the point-to-point bumper at Gowran Park in consecutive years for O’Brien, with Consharon Boy and Ministerforsport.

“Winning on the good horses was obviously great, but riding my 100th winner (at Inch) was the big highlight for me. That winner was for Richie Hennessy, who would be a great friend of mine, so that really added to it,” said Collins when asked to select some of the highlights from his riding career.

In more recent years, the rider has played a big part alongside his father Matt, in the triumphs that they have enjoyed with their training of point-to-pointers.

“We have had great success with Dower House Stables, so that will certainly keep me busy and the horses have been going well.

“Yellow Dockets was bought by Grech & Parkin and she won twice last season for Nicky Henderson, Wandrin Star won a six and up geldings at Carrigtwohill for us and has won two races for Kim Bailey.

“We got one away (Meyer Lansky) at Aintree for £105,000 and everything that we ran last year we got sold. Deputy’s Oscar won at Boulta in January and we sold her privately. She came out and won last week at Market Rasen, so it’s going well,” said Collins who will now combine his duties alongside his father in the yard, with their tillage and beef farm in Cork.

With another 13 horses in training for the new season, the name P.D. Collins may no longer appear on declaration boards outside the weight tent at point-to-point tracks around the country, however he certainly will remain a big player in the sport.

“I have always gone point-to-pointing, even when I was out injured and wasn’t riding, so I’ll still go racing and will probably go up to Castletown on Sunday for the start of the season.”


A full list of Pat’s 103 point-to-point winners can be viewed below.
 

Fixture Date

Course

Race Type

Horse Name

Handler

 

 

 

 

 

09/12/2018

Boulta

5yo Geldings Maiden

TAAFFES CASTLE

Ian Andrew Power

03/06/2018

Kinsale (2)

4yo Geldings Maiden

CASPERS COURT

Sean Thomas Doyle

01/04/2018

Quakerstown

5yo Geldings Maiden

IT'S FOR ALAN

Terence O'Brien

28/03/2018

Inch

5yo Adjacent Maiden

THE ALCHEMYST

Joseph Hennessy

03/12/2017

Ballindenisk

5yo Mares Maiden

AOIBHE'S BEAU

Terence O'Brien

12/04/2017

Inch

4yo Mares Maiden

COPPER GONE WEST

Terence O'Brien

12/04/2017

Inch

5yo Adjacent Maiden

BLUE MOUNTAIN BOY

Terence O'Brien

09/04/2017

Dromahane

5&6yo Mares Maiden

OSCAR MADNESS

Terence O'Brien

26/03/2017

Liscarroll

6yo Geldings Maiden

THE DAWN MAN

Denis Ahern

19/03/2017

Ballyragget

5yo Geldings Maiden

JOHNNY OCEAN

Colin Motherway

12/03/2017

Kilworth

5yo Geldings Maiden

OUTLAW JACK

Paul O'Connell

19/02/2017

Kildorrery

5&6yo Mares Maiden

MOMELLA

Miss M. Harding

29/01/2017

Ballyvodock

6yo Geldings Maiden

WANDRIN STAR

M.P. Collins

04/12/2016

Ballindenisk

5yo Confined Maiden

MINISTERFORSPORT

Noel O'Neill

05/06/2016

Kinsale (2)

4yo Maiden

COCO LIVE (FR)

Sean Thomas Doyle

05/06/2016

Kinsale (2)

6yo Mares Maiden

STRANGSMILL

Ian Andrew Power

08/05/2016

Ballindenisk

4yo Maiden

SEARCHING FOR GOLD

Sean Thomas Doyle

02/05/2016

Dawstown

5yo Geldings Maiden

CORONER'S REPORT

Ian Andrew Power

02/05/2016

Dawstown

5yo Mares Maiden

MARBLE MOLL

Sean Thomas Doyle

30/04/2016

Lisronagh

5yo Geldings Maiden

STATIC JACK

Ellmarie Holden

20/03/2016

Liscarroll

5yo Geldings Maiden

KILQUANE JACK

Terence O'Brien

20/03/2016

Liscarroll

Winner Of One

CARRAIG THUATHAIL

Noel O'Neill

07/02/2016

Tallow

5&6yo Mares Maiden

TAKE A TWIRL

Terence O'Brien

13/12/2015

Boulta

5yo Geldings Maiden

MIND BOGGLER

M.P. Collins

13/12/2015

Boulta

5yo Adjacent Maiden

CARRAIG THUATHAIL

Noel O'Neill

28/03/2015

Loughbrickland

6yo Maiden

STATE OF ORIGIN

Lyle Andrew

22/03/2015

Liscarroll

5yo Geldings Maiden

ARTICULUM

Terence O'Brien

15/03/2015

Ballyragget

5yo Adjacent Maiden

EASYTHINGSAREBEST

Eoin Doyle

08/03/2015

Lingstown

6yo Maiden

MOUNTAIN EAGLE

Eoin Doyle

01/03/2015

Lemonfield

5yo Mares Maiden

SHAKY GIFT

Paul O'Connell

15/02/2015

Cragmore

Winner Of One

MAI FITZS JACK

Miss Mary Louise Hallahan

14/02/2015

Kirkistown

6yo Maiden

SUNNY WEST

Rodney Ian Arthur

01/02/2015

Ballyvodock

Winner Of One

SKIP A BEAT KID

J.P. Brennan

04/01/2015

Templenacarriga

7yo Maiden

FOLLOW THE SWALLOW

Denis Hayes

30/12/2014

Dromahane

5yo Geldings Maiden

HES OUR VINNIE

Terence O'Brien

07/12/2014

Cregg

4yo Maiden

DOUBLE CAPTAIN

Eoin Doyle

30/11/2014

Ballindenisk

5yo Confined Maiden

INDIAN TEMPLE

Paul O'Connell

23/11/2014

Boulta

4yo Geldings Maiden

DR WALUIGI

Eoin Doyle

16/11/2014

Affane

4yo Maiden

JETSTREAM JACK

Eoin Doyle

20/04/2014

Ballydurn

Winner Of One 4yo (Mdns Excl)

SUPREME DANEHILL

J.P. Brennan

19/05/2013

Bartlemy

5yo Geldings Maiden

GEORGIE LAD

Eoin Doyle

19/05/2013

Bartlemy

4yo Maiden

DIDNTITELLYA

Eoin Doyle

31/03/2013

Ballydurn

4yo Geldings Maiden

MARINERO

Eoin Doyle

17/03/2013

Dromahane

5&6yo Geldings Maiden

WAYUPINTHESKY

Dr Joseph O'Keeffe

10/03/2013

Horse And Jockey

5&6yo Geldings Maiden

RIMMY CREEK

S. Slevin

24/02/2013

Bennettsbridge

6yo Geldings Maiden

LEANNA BAN

Eoin Doyle

13/01/2013

Killeagh

5yo Mares Maiden

DASHING LADY

Donnchadh Doyle

06/01/2013

Aghabullogue

7yo Geldings Maiden

IBETELLINGYOUALIE

Terence O'Brien

09/12/2012

Avaune

5yo Geldings Maiden

BOB FORD

M.P. Sunderland

11/11/2012

Ballinaboola

Winner of Two (4yo ) Mdn Excl

PLETTENBURG BAY

P.J. Crowley

11/11/2012

Ballinaboola

4yo Maiden

KILLOUGH KIN

David M. O'Brien

10/11/2012

Loughanmore

4yo Maiden

CHAMPAGNE WEST

Eoin Doyle

29/10/2012

Glenbane

5&6yo Geldings Maiden

LOUIS PHILLIPE

Denis Hayes

21/10/2012

Cregg

4yo Maiden

ISLAND CONFUSION

Eoin Doyle

13/10/2012

Maralin

5yo Geldings Maiden

CHANCE A GRAND

Eoin Doyle

29/09/2012

Rathcannon

7yo Maiden

PLETTENBURG BAY

P.J. Crowley

20/05/2012

Dromahane

Mares Winner of One (mdns excl)

BOTHAR NA MIAS

Matthew P. Collins

20/05/2012

Dromahane

5yo Geldings Maiden

ASH ROWE

S. Slevin

13/05/2012

Bartlemy

5yo Geldings Maiden

IFYOUTHINKSO

Terence O'Brien

07/05/2012

Dawstown

5yo Mares Maiden

BOTHAR NA MIAS

Matthew P. Collins

28/04/2012

Toomebridge

6yo Geldings Maiden

TULLAN STRAND

Liam Joseph Clancy

22/04/2012

Dromahane

5&6yo Mares Maiden

KILBRAGH LADY

P.J. Colville

01/04/2012

Ballynoe

5,6&7yo Mares Maiden

GO DEIMHIN

Matthew P. Collins

25/03/2012

Monksgrange

5yo Geldings Maiden

DAVY FROM MILAN

Eoin Doyle

18/03/2012

Lismore

5yo Geldings Maiden

CARHUE

Terence O'Brien

04/03/2012

Lemonfield

5yo Geldings Maiden

CLOUDY COPPER

Donal Coffey

26/02/2012

Bennettsbridge

Open 4yo (Mdns Excl)

COUNT SALAZAR

Eoin Doyle

12/02/2012

Askeaton

Winner Of One 4yo (Mdns Excl)

CAPTAIN CANADA

Terence O'Brien

29/01/2012

Carrigtwohill

5yo Confined Maiden

NO DEAL

Donal Coffey

22/01/2012

Dungarvan

5yo Confined Maiden

BHEAN AN GHLEANNA

P.J. Crowley

15/01/2012

Killeagh

5yo Geldings Maiden

CAPTAIN CANADA

Terence O'Brien

04/12/2011

Ballindenisk

Winner of Two (4yo ) Mdn Excl

COUNT SALAZAR

Eoin Doyle

06/11/2011

Milltown

6yo Geldings Maiden

COUNT SALAZAR

Eoin Doyle

08/10/2011

Taylorstown

4yo Maiden

VILLAGE VIC

Eoin Doyle

01/05/2011

Ballysteen

5&6yo Mares Maiden

SEE THE CLOUDS

James William Hannon

13/03/2011

Cloyne

Winner Of One 4yo (Mdns Excl)

FARRELLS FANCY

Terence O'Brien

06/03/2011

Kilworth

6yo Geldings Maiden

JASPER MASSINI

Denis Hayes

06/03/2011

Kilworth

5yo Confined Maiden

CHARLIE PAY

Desmond Kenneally

27/02/2011

Bennettsbridge

6yo Geldings Maiden

MOUNTAINOUS

Eoin Doyle

15/12/2010

Ballindenisk

6yo Geldings Maiden

GOTOYOURPLAY

Michael J. Browne

12/12/2010

Avaune

Confined Maiden

KLIPPER BREEZE

Michael C. Griffin

07/11/2010

Dromahane

4yo Maiden

VIADUCT JOEY

Terence O'Brien

03/05/2010

Dawstown

4yo Maiden

VIADUCT BUD

Terence O'Brien

03/05/2010

Dawstown

5yo Mares Maiden

CAILIN CEOL

Michael C. Griffin

18/04/2010

Dromahane

Winner Of One 4yo (Mdns Excl)

GURTACRUE

Donal Coffey

14/03/2010

Cloyne

5yo Confined Maiden

THE SQUATTER

V. Clifford

13/12/2009

Avaune

Confined Maiden

ROYAL CREW

Terence O'Brien

18/10/2009

Loughrea

5yo Mares Maiden

DEESHAN

I. Madden

09/05/2009

Athlacca

7yo Mares Maiden

PILOTS DREAM

Martin Paul Fitzgerald

12/04/2009

Ballydurn

4yo Maiden

GURTACRUE

Donal Coffey

15/03/2009

Cloyne

5&6yo Geldings Maiden

CASTLE ANSHAN

Terence O'Brien

01/03/2009

Lemonfield

6&7yo Geldings Maiden

DRALION

Robert Donnelly

01/03/2009

Lemonfield

5yo Mares Maiden

SHUIL NA DEISE

G. Ducey

14/12/2008

Avaune

5&6yo Adjacent Maiden

EVENING ECHO

Matthew P. Collins

09/11/2008

Kinsale (2)

4yo Maiden

FLORIDAHALL

Michael C. Griffin

26/03/2008

Inch

Confined Maiden

BALLYSASSIAN

Terence O'Brien

04/06/2007

Kinsale

5yo Geldings Maiden

KIRBYS GLEN

 

11/04/2007

Inch

Confined Maiden

BEALAHA CABIN

 

18/03/2007

Belclare

4yo Maiden

SHOULDERTOSHOULDER

 

11/02/2007

Tallow

Confined Maiden

ADROPANDABOTTLE

 

23/04/2006

Ballysteen

5,6&7yo Geldings Maiden

LOSE THE ATTITUDE

 

09/04/2006

Tallanstown

Adjacent Hunt Race

HELLO BUD

 

05/03/2006

Skibbereen

5yo Mares Maiden

SMALLTOWNTALK

 

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