Michael O'Sullivan made an immediate impact to his first full season in the saddle, winning aboard A Decent Excuse on the first day of the 2017/18 season. A further four winners followed whilst also studying for his Leaving Certificate, in addition to a maiden track success, when the 2018 Champion Mare, Wilscosdiana, came home in front in a Hunter Chase at Cork over Easter. A year later and the UCD student was crowned Champion Under-21 rider. O'Sullivan comes from a renowned pointing family, with his father William a former amateur rider, uncle Eugene, a Champion Handler, and cousins Maxine & Eoin both successful riders.
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The 40th Annual Irish Field Point-to-Point Awards took place on Saturday 8th June at the Hotel Minella, Co. Tipperary.
A tally of 16 wins for the season secures the novice title for Michael O`Sullivan.
The Finians Oscar connections of Murphy, Codd and Logan combined to produce the eye-catching Grangeclare Native.
The formidable comination of Barry O'Neill and Colin Bowe enjoyed a double at the mid-week fixture.
Bobhopeornohope was a third four-year-old maiden winner of the season for Cormac Doyle.
Colin Bowe-trained Papa Tango Charly impressed by posting a scintillating debut under Barry O'Neill in the Goffs UK Aintree Sale four-year-old maiden.
Peter Flood claimed the Kepak & Walsh Family four-year-old mares' maiden with Moore Clouds to continue his blossoming career as a handler.
Pa King enjoyed a successful St. Patrick’s Day recording a double at Ballyragget when registering a double.
Barry O'Neill had a successful day at the Premier Hunts meeting at Turtulla on Sunday, when recording a double on the card.
Michael O'Sullivan, fresh from his three-timer at Kildorrery the previous Sunday, recorded a double at Bandon.
The opening division of the five and six-year-old mares’ maiden saw the gambled on Arthur's Baby take victory for owner/handler Mark McNiff.
The Paul Cashman-trained Silver Sheen stepped forwards from his sixth-placed debut effort at Aghabullogue three weeks earlier by narrowly coming out on top.
Sean O'Brien was all smiles following the success of newcomer Nell's Well in the Hurleys Supervalu Midleton five-year-old mares’ maiden.
Minella For Value continues his fantastic run of form.
Colin Bowe, Heather Kiernan and Eugene O'Sullivan all continued their winning ways into Loughrea.
Defending champion rider Barry O'Neill had the perfect start to his title defence on the opening day of the season.
As part of a new feature on P2P.ie we will be getting to know some of the next generation of point-to-point riders.