All roads lead to Lisbride

All roads lead to Lisbride on the Athlone Road one mile outside Roscommon town next Sunday when the County Roscommon Hunt hold their first spring point to point by kind permission of the landowner Michael McSharry. The first race is set for a 3.00 pm start to facilitate those who want to watch the Easter Parade.   There are 207 horses entered and in the Open Light Weight there are a number of recent winners entered including Tremane Dawn, Arctic Copper who also won last Sunday at Templemore, Ballintue Road from Dot Love’s yard who won last Sunday week at Durrow outside Kilbeggan and King Maxie from Pat Kelly’s yard in Galway who won in Roscommon last November. A very interesting entry here is Extended Favour from Wexford who won her last 4 races.   In the Winners of One there are eight of the 20 horses entered have won their last outing including last Sunday’s winner Gaye Gamble.   In the opening 4-Y-O Maiden  there are 35 including Paddy’s Star 2 nd in Belclare outside Tuam to Tom Taffee’s Shouldertoshoulder owned by Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud. Also Dermot Desmond’s Fruits of Love and Gigginstown’s Ceasen Desist run in this race 2 nd and 4 th respectively at the recent meeting in Oldcastle to Another Aboo.    In the 5 & 6 Y-O Geldings Maiden there are 61 horses and Fiftyyearson stands out on his 2 nd to Dr Hart in Durrow Sunday week and went on to won his winners of One in Castletown last Sunday and looks useful.   Of the 37 entered in the 5 & 6 Y-O Mares Maiden the Co Galway registered mare Winter Coral 2 nd in Lemonfield after a layoff looks in form on her recent 2 nd in Lemonfield outside Limerick.   The last race the 7-Y-O and upwards Maiden is confined to novice riders who have not ridden more than 5 winners on the day. Of the 37 entered Trebor, 3 rd in a similar race in The Pidgeons between Athlone and  Ballymahon to Leney Dow Jones who was unlucky not to win the recent Hunterchase at Downpatrick looks the part here.   There are a lot of horses recently ridden by leading rider this season Jamie Codd from Wexford entered and he will probably be in Roscommon as will the leading rider in the Ladies Championship Claire McMahon who is on the 15 winner mark and chasing Ann Ferris’s all time record of 23 winners in a season for a lady.   For those punters who want a flutter there will be bookmakers standing and Franco Hughes will also be taking bets on the racing at Fairyhouse and showing the racing live on his television.   All the races have been kindly sponsored by local business people. Footnote: Last Sunday in fine sunshine there was a large crowd at Castletowngoeghan outside Mullingar where the Adjacent Hunt’s Race was won for the 2 nd year in a row by the Roscommon Hunt Registered Tremane Dawn. This mare won 3 in a row for owner Liam Fleming of Super Valu in Roscommon, trainer Dot Love and jockey Ciaran Murphy last season showed that she has lost none of her ability over the winter. With Ciaran Murphy sidelined with an injury sustained 2 weeks ago in Oldcastle Cris Cully partnered the Fourstars Allstar 8-Y-O and went on to complete a treble on Fastandloose and Gaye Gamble, both also trained by Dot Love. Jamie Codd the seasons leading rider also had a treble at the meeting on the 9 race card the final race the 7-Y-O+ being divided 3 times.