Barry O’Neill became the first rider to break the Derek O'Connor and Jamie Codd stranglehold on the top of the sport when crowned Champion Rider in 2017, a title he defended in 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021. The former two-time Champion Novice, also created history in 2021 when he became the first rider ever to win all four regional titles in the same season. A formidable partnership with Champion Handler Colin Bowe has ensured that Barry has enjoyed notable success in the four-year-old maiden division, partnering many future stars, such as Envoi Allen and Samcro at the beginning of their careers. Bowe has also been responsible for supplying many of Barry’s big racecourse winners, having also enjoyed Graded success on the track. Whilst a 600th career victory came at Castletown-Geoghegan in October 2021.
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The Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee Annual Point-to-point awards took place at Dunboyne Castle on Saturday 18th June after a long-awaited three-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Having won the Champion Novice Hunter Chase last year Vaucelet stepped up to take the Stratford feature.
Barry O'Neill was seen at his brilliant best as he delivered the eight-year-old right on the line to win at Stratford.
Barry O’Neill reached another milestone in his illustrious career when riding his 700th point-to-point winner aboard Some Man at Ballindenisk
David Christie's charge put himself right into the Cheltenham Festival picture with a comprehensive victory from the front.
David Christie's eight-year-old was a step ahead of his rivals at Clonmel as he supplemented his four pointing victories.
The six-year-old continued a good couple of days for his trainer David Christie by winning the Hunter Chase at Fairyhouse.
The seven-year-old made all to win his second Hunter Chase of the year for handler David Christie.
There was a three way tie for this year’s Western Region Title with James Kenny, Rob James and Barry O’Neill taking the honours.
Barry O'Neill has created his own piece of history this season by winning all four of the regional titles in the one campaign.
The David Christie trained On The Sod justified his short price when claiming the Downpatrick Hunters Chase in good style in the hands of Barry O’Neill.
The seven-year-old completed a memorable evening for his owners at the seaside course with victory under Barry O'Neill.
Ray Nicholas' charge provided David Christie with his fourth win in the race from the last five renewals.
The Coolmore sire was responsible for the winner of all three of four-year-old bumpers at Punchestown on Monday.
Enda Bolger's charge belatedly opened his account on the racecourse with a dominant display at Limerick on Wednesday.
Last year's winner Colin Bowe is once again among the nominees in the point-to-point category.
The weekend's action saw the pair join High Stakes in notching up an early season double over these opening weekends.
The reigning champion was in winning form at the Westmeath venue on Sunday, as he reached another big milestone.
The Ballymacad Hunt raced on the opening Sunday and continued the good work carried out by the Ormonds on Saturday.
Ballingarry staged a smooth and sucessful eight race card as point to point returned to action for the first time since March - read how the day worked
Barry O'Neill, Maxine O'Sullivan and Derek O'Connor have teamed up with the homeless charity Focus Ireland for their latest campaign.
Barry O'Neill posted an utterly dominant display in the North ending the season with a 42% strike rate there.
The pair have now won that regional title for 15 years consecutively as their share the 2019/20 crown.
Barry O'Neill ends the season with almost double the number of winners of any other rider.
The David Christie-trained gelding justified his odds-on favouritisim when capturing the 2m 3f contest.
Smart Mogul gives owner Murphy first point victory.
Like A Demon, Samurai Cracker and Winged Leader are amongst the horses set to line up for the two miles and three furlongs contest.
Brown Bullet fires as O’Neill and Bowe dominate.
Chosen Port keeps the family in credit.
Sky is the limit for Amarillo after gritty debut success.
Landmark for Codd as Action provides Murphy with double.
O’Neill rattles off four-timer as Danjaman saunters home.
The David Christie-trained eight-year-old took the winner-of-two at Farmaclaffley on Saturday.
Brandy Love gives a taste of her ability in beating the boys.
Warrior’s run away win vindicates Collender’s faith.
Holymacapony has a ‘brightfuture’ after storming home.
Starvoski shines to reward work of Byrne partnership.
Ewing and Gainford make hay as Only The Bold shines.
The pair will be joined by Billaway and Edwulf in the three-mile contest set to take place on Sunday.
Cheltenham on the cards for Rewritetherules after open strike.
Kopolov shows alot of potential for O’Dwyer.
Winning debutante Nada to Prada could prove a bargain.
Third time lucky for Hardy Bloke as Goff secures double.
Askinvillar was a 12th winner of the season for Colin Bowe.
Queens Brook justifies faith with smooth maiden strike.
The awards, which will be presented early next month, draw on nominees from across the Irish racing industry.
Premium access helps Bowe set a furious pace at the top of the table.
O’Neill on a mission to secure fourth rider title.
Christie’s Miracle as Eddies returns from serious injury
Bowe and O’Neill dominate action with impressive treble.
The 40th Annual Irish Field Point-to-Point Awards took place on Saturday 8th June at the Hotel Minella, Co. Tipperary.
Rob James rode his 200th winner between-the-flags on Sunday
That Fairyhouse victory was one of the in hunter chase company for Gordon Elliott's charge.
Sam Curlings` charge set to collect both Champion Pointer and Champion mare award.
45 winners secures the handlers title for Colin Bowe
The win marks the Wexford natives third consecutive Champion Rider Title.
Thirteen wins apiece for Longhouse Music and Kruzhlinin sees them share the title as race goes down to the wire.
The victory marks O'Connor's ninth Southern Title and his second Senior Title.
Hacksaw Ridge became the latest winner to be sent out by promising young Wexford handler Richard Black.
Barry O'Neill was crowned eastern champion for the 2018/19 season as that region finishes at Stradbally.
Strengthofmind stepped up from his ninth on debut to win the four-year-old maiden by a length.
Kruzhlinin won his second race of the weekend, whilst Longhous Music was among the winners at Loughrea.
Barry O'Neill is now just two winners adrift of Derek O'Connor in the sourthern region following a treble at Ballindenisk.
Jamie Codd won his fourth northern title following a treble at Loughanmore including a 10th of the season for Kruzhlinin.
Frilly Frock avenged her recent narrow defeat to kick-start a winning weekend for Colin Bowe at the Fermanagh course.
A treble on the final day of the northern season was not enough for Barry O'Neill in his bid to retain the regions title.
Colin McKeever was the man to follow as he saddled a double including with Eskylane.
We take a look at the declarations for the farmers hunt chase taking place at Punchestown tomorrow.
Local jockey Barry O'Neill was the man to follow at his home fixture as he recorded a popular treble.
Barry O'Neill and Colin Bowe were in double winning form at a fixture which also saw Kruzhlinin become the first horse to win nine races.
Tokyo Getaway provided Peter Flood and Anthony Fox with the first leg of an Easter Oldcastle double.
The formidable comination of Barry O'Neill and Colin Bowe enjoyed a double at the mid-week fixture.
Champion rider Barry O'Neill capped off a week which saw the arrival of his first son Billy by riding a treble.
Former rider Andrew Latta sent out Moonlit Wings to win the mares maiden in fine style.
County Wexford rider Barry O'Neill enjoyed a double on Sunday at his local track in Monksgrange.
Kruzhlinin has taken all before him in points this season as in one of two runners in the Foxhunters for Gordon Elliott.
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.
Clare handler Joe Ryan seems to have another smart on his hands in the form of debut winner Adrimel.
A number of riders were banned following the start, whilst John Barry receieved a seperate 12-day suspension.
Barry O'Neill had a successful day at the Premier Hunts meeting at Turtulla on Sunday, when recording a double on the card.
History was made at Kirkistown when the first four-year-old auction maiden was staged at the County Down track.
Envoi Allen justified favouritism to land the Weatherbys Champion Grade 1 Bumper in the hands of Jamie Codd.
It was a red letter day for John McNally who saddled his first winner as a handler in the older maiden for novice riders when Nabraska ran out a ready winner.
It was a very cold and wet day on Sunday when the Limerick Harriers held their first point-to-point meeting at their new track at Ballycahane.
The Patrick Turley-trained Power of Pause garnered all the plaudits following his impressive debut in the at Punchestown in the hands of Mark O'Hare.
Ucello Conti followed up on his recent Thurles win with a fine victory in the Boardsmill Stud Hunters Chase.
Colin Bowe made a successful start to his new relationship with Gigginstown House Stud, as Hell’s Canyon, returned the easy ten-length winner.
Barry O’Neill extending his advantage at the top of the riders table, riding a double on the day at Ballinaboola which was initiated by Telmesomethinggirl.
Gordon Elliott's Ucello Conti recorded his second victory within seven days following his last success with Barry O'Neill.
Dime A Dozen gained an overdue success when taking the opening Weatherbys Ireland five and six-year-old mares’ maiden.
It was a red-letter day for Gearoid O'Loughlin who registered his first track success when winning the Hunters Chase with Sidetracked at Clonmel.
Colin Bowe and Barry O'Neill continued their rich vein of form when landing the opening contest with Streets Of Fire.
The 11-time champion rider Derek O'Connor, this country's winning most rider between the flags, recorded his 1200th Irish points success.
Enda Bolger will be looking for his fourth victory in the Down Royal Hunter Chase with the impressive Dromahane winner.
Opportunity for enthusiasts to become involved in the ownership of promising hunter chaser.
The red-hot form of the Ellen Doyle yard continued on Sunday, as she registering an across the card double.
The two-time champion became just the fourth rider in the sport's history to win 500 races with success on Sunday.
The opening division of the Connolly’s Red Mills four-year-old maiden saw Buzz De Turcoing record a very fortunate success.
Barry O'Neill was awarded with the Point-to-Point award, whilst Derek O'Connor claimed the first Rider of the Year prize.
It was a red-letter-day for novice rider Jack Hendrick who partnered his first career success aboard Would You Bypass.
Eleven-time champion rider Derek O’Connor was in treble-winning form at Lisronagh on Saturday.
Nominees for the 2018 awards which will take place next month have been revealed, including in the point-to-point category.
Barry O’Neill continued his fine start to the season riding a treble around the new track at Damma House.
For the second weekend in succession Mick Goff and Shane Fitzgerald teamed up to take a second four-old-maiden in seven days.
The 2018/19 Series kicks off at Damma House and builds to the big Final at Ballynoe on March 31st.
Maliboo provided a deserved local success, as the South Westmeath's celebrated 40 years of running a point-to-point at The Pigeons.
David Christie once again proved his talents in sourcing new horses, as his latest purchase, Kadmer made a winning debut.
The County Wexford rider opened his account between-the-flags at Loughrea last Sunday, aboard Unexpected Depth in the 4yo maiden.
Sunday’s Loughrea fixture proved to be a red letter day for novice rider Barry Stone, who booted home his first winner.
Champion jockey Barry O’Neill got his title defence off to the best possible start, with a Casltetown-Geoghegan treble.
The 2018/19 Point-to-Point season got underway with a six-race card at Toomebridge where a fine day saw a large crowd attend.
Barry O’Neill made it a successful journey to the scenic west Cork coast when taking the opening contest.
Barry O Neill extended his lead in the rider’s title to eight winners ahead of Derek O’Connor when he secured a treble on the day.
Ballysteen-second Howling Milan went one better here to score in the Dennison Commericals Ltd four-year-old geldings’ maiden to carry the colours of Jason Higgins to victory.
The opening day Necarne on Friday saw Colin Bowe send out three winners to join Donnchadh Doyle at head of the trainer's table on 26 winners, whilst Rob James took the riding honours kicking home a treble.
The Crawford brothers of Stuart and Ben teamed up to take the final heat of the four-year-old maiden with the Roy Wilson-owned The Very Man.
Monksgrange played host to a high class day of action when no fewer than three Doyle's were among the winners.
Court Jurado and Everybreathyoutake were among the four-year-old winners at Taylorstown.
The remarkable Sydney Paget notched-up a seventh successive victory in the day's feature.
Watyawaitingfor provided local owner Robert Armstrong and the BBC Home Ground team with plenty to celebrate.
Reigning champion Barry O'Neill added a brace of victories to his season haul at the rescheduled fixture.
Pat Doyle continued the scintilating form of his 4yo runners with a rare venture north of the border to Moira.
The Gigginstown House Stud-owned Shot To Hell provided James Kenny with his first four-year-old winner.
Local connections Colin McKeever and Wilson Dennison were among the Easter winners at Loughanmore.
Former Grade 1 winner Uxizandre made a winning pointing debut to claim the prestigous Barbour Cup.
Lough Derg Rose & Norwegian Woods proved to be poignant winners for owner Pat Coffey.
Roger Quinlan made a welcome return to action when recording a double at his local point-to-point track in Horse & Jockey.
Conditions were very tough at Kirkistown on Saturday where Mark O'Hare enjoyed a double on the day.
Richard Black has enjoyed a dream start to his training career, consigning the most expensive point-to-point mare at last March.
The well-related The Hollow Chap powered up the Tinahely hill to claim the day's opener under Barry O'Neill.
The annual Punchestown point-to-point provided the setting for James Murphy's first career winner.
Shadow Rider continued an excellent start to the spring 4yo campaign for Barry O'Neill, Colin Bowe & Walter Connors.
Carrignagapple marked himself out as an open horse of note for the future with success in the day's feature.
Lagan Island continued his rise through the ranks with a comfortable success for Noel and Sean McParlan.
Marinero, a horse of Grade 1 class, made a winning reappearance between the flags for Barry O'Neill.
There were New Year's Eve celebrations for rider James Hannon after he secured a Templencarriga double.
Rob James revelled in the snowy conditions to record a treble at the Carlow venue.
Champion point-to-pointer Ourmanmassini returned to the winners enclosure as part of a Peter Flood double.
The Suirvale Harriers held their first meeting since April 2015 at their new track at Knockinroe just outside Templemore.
Donnchadh Doyle sent out his initial winner of the season when Darsi In The Park landed the opening four-year-old maiden.
The opening four-year-old maiden at Kirkistowns Autumn fixture saw the opening leg of a double for reigning champion Barry O’Neil.
One of the most convincing winners of the day was the Sean Doyle trained Know The Score who won the division one of the four-year-old-maiden
The Wicklow Foxhounds returned to point-to-pointing when holding a fixture at Tinahely in November.
On his return to action, Sizing Coal was pushed all the way to the line as he made a winning reappearance.
Maxine O'Sullivan clinched victory in the opening round of the 2017/18 ITM Ladies Series aboard Samanntom.
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.