STRANGFORD rider and trainer, Stephen Magee, followed in his father’s footsteps when landing the Hunt Race at the East Down point-to-point on Saturday writes Joe Kavanagh.
His father, the late Joe Magee, regularly targetted the Tyrella race with success. Stephen has also ridden the Hunt race winner several times and as forecast in Down News, News From Pascal ridden by Noel McParlan proved the winner to reward supporters.
The going on the day was soft and there was no sign of the squally rain that ruined the last meeting a couple of weeks ago. But the strong wind was a factor that jockeys and horses had to deal with at the Tyrella P2P venue.
Wexford rider, Barry O’Neill rode a double on Kiteney Wood and Antonenko before leaving to travel to Gowran Park to ride Davy From Milan in the hunterchase but was thwarted by half a length.
All-Ireland Champion rider, Derek O’Connor scored aboard Long House Hall while former Ulster Region Champion, Ben Crawford gained success on Chosen Dream for Templepatrick trainer, Graham McKeever.
Ballyclare based owner/handler, Warren Ewing registered a winner with Ground Invasion while young rider, Brendan Brooks recorded a second career victory on Cluian Or in the finale winning easily after Garraheen Chief which was more than a fence in front fell at the penultimate fence leaving the winner an easy task to take the contest restricted to novice riders.
EAST DOWN POINT-TO-POINT RESULTS
1st Kiteney Wood [Barry O’Neill] 7/2
2nd Guerrilla Tactics
3rd Three Wise Men
4 – 2 7 ran
1st Antonenko [Barry O’Neill] 8/1
2nd As You Wish
3rd Ice Princess
1 – 6 14 ran
THIRD RACE – DIVISION ONE
1st Long House Hall [Derek O’Connor] 10/1
2nd High In The Clouds
3rd Captain Carleton
6 – 1 ½ 14 ran
1st Ground Invasion [Ben Crawford] 8/1
2nd Big Kern
3rd Seacon Beg
2 ½ – 5 13 ran
1st Chosen Dream [Jamie Codd] 6/1
¾ – 4 13 ran
1st News From Pascal [Noel McParlan] 1/1 fav
2nd Tight Times
1 ½ lengths – ONLY TWO FINISHED – 4 ran
1st Cluain Or [ Brendan Brooks]
2nd Twisted Psychology
3rd Emmas Rainbow
8 – 4 13 ran.