Autumn Point to Point meeting to be held at Lisbride this Sunday

On Sunday County Roscommon Hunt holds its autumn Point to Point at Lisbride just outside the town on the main road to Athlone with the kind permission of the land owner Mr. Michael McSharry, Castlerea.     The 9 furlong right hand track is reasonably level and has 5 jumps on each circuit. Horses jump fourteen fences in each race and there are 6 races down for decision. Viewing of the track is excellent and all fences can be seen from the viewing area. Good going is assured as we go to press.    The first race at 12 o’clock is the 4-Y-O Maiden for the Pat Joe Smyth Perpetual Cup sponsored by the stone mason firm Archstone in Donamon whose owner Tom Fitzmaurice is responsible for the stone work which all will be able to see on the day (used in the renovation of the house on the estate). There are 32 horses entered in this race and one that catches the eye is the Ted Walsh trained No Quitter, a fast finisher in 4 th recently at Dartfield outside Loughrea.   The Adjacent Hunt 5-Y-O + Maiden is next up and is sponsored by The Joint Masters and sees an entry of 25 in what may turn out to be one of the best races of the day. Cecil Ross’s Lavender Lil 3 rd in Loughrea, Dot Love’s Haze Blue  4 th in Castletowngeoghan, Flash Freddie from Martin Lynch’s yard, Pauline Gavin’s Ballinrobe 4 th Harvey May all have claims. Brian Keenan, of Sir Oj fame, is one of the joint owners of Flash Freddie who was impressive last season. However there is one very interesting runner in this race in a mare called Amazing View who in 5 runs in 2004 was placed on all 3 occasions she finished.    In the Winners of 2 for the Tom Harlow Memorial Trophy is sponsored by Pat Hughes & Co., Auctioneers, Abbey Street, Roscommon. Of the 17 entries Denise Foster’s Aboo Who catches the eye immediately and this Miss Florida mare ran out an easy winner of her 2 nd race at Castletowngeoghan recently in a Winners of 2. Michael Hourigan’s Toby Jug who won in Ballinrobe could give her plenty to do.    The Open Lightweight sponsored by the SMC Group and 21 are entered to run for the George McCourt Memorial Cup. David Christie’s Arctic Copper is entered in Roscommon once again and this 13-Y-O son of Montelimar is looking for his 3 rd win on this track. Dot Love’s Ballintue Road trying for a double in Roscommon, having won in the spring, will also be strongly fancied.   In the Mares Maiden sponsored by Sean Mulryan of Ballymore Homes the Ballinrobe 2 nd Clan Music, subject of a minor gamble, can go one better. She will have most to fear fromGordon Elliott’s Dolly Dagger and Ger Lynch’s My Bonnie Lass of the 16 entered.   In the final race sponsored by Kepak, Athleague there are 26 entries. Cecil Ross’s Our Eric, 3 rd on his debut in Ballinrobe, should come on from that run and could trouble the judge in a very open race. There are 26 horses entered in this race.   Calling the races on the day will be the Irish jockey Tom Malone from Tullamore who is based in England with David Pipe. Tom, who was based with Phillip Rothewell in Ireland, has ridden 65 winners to date across channel including Milan Deux Mille for Pipe which he rode to win 4 in a row in January and February this year.    Tom got into race calling accidentally when one day he was Exeter Races and the commentator failed to turn up. Tom was asked to do it and he was so successful that he now commentates on point to point racing in the West Country.    The season is now only 4 weeks old and already last season’s champion jockey with a record 75 winners Derek O’Connor has ridden 14 winners and leads the runner up Jamie Codd by 10. It looks like he has the record in his sights once again and could the magic 100 be attainable? If any one can do it Derek, given a clear run, definitely can.   The County Roscommon Hunt was revived in the Millennium year of 2000 after an absence of many years and has continued to grow from strength to strength and now run successful point to points in both the autumn and spring.