Mark Scallan is one of the few riders combining a career in the saddle with training, and he has been a regular in point-to-points for well over a decade with the first of his over 50 winners in the saddle between the flags coming courtesy of Tricky Ricky at Punchestown in February 2005. A first training success came in none other than a four-year-old maiden, as he partnered his own Brianstorm to win at Fairyhouse in 2016.
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Former rider Andrew Latta sent out Moonlit Wings to win the mares maiden in fine style.
The highlight of the day at Lingstown was the Hearne Line Marking open cross country race where the increased prize fund of €3,000.
The first of nine contests produced an impressive display when Mount Ida took the opening division of the four-year-old mares’ maiden.
19-year-old Mike Sweeney from Cappoquin will forever treasure fond memories of this meeting as he rode his initial career winne.
The fine run of form at Stradbally for local handler James Fahey continued at the Laois' April fixture.
It proved to be a day to remember British rider Emma Smith-Chaston who on just her first ride in a point-to-point on this side of the Irish Sea.
Burning Ambition picked-up a fourth race on the bounce for the Wexford duo of Rob James & Pierce Power.