Pointing The Way

Six horses for your ATR Tracker from the Irish point-to-point fields this week, including some high-quality performances from horses at Borris House and Boulta.

  • Thursday 13 December
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It was a case of ladies first on this week’s show as we went to Boulta under the guidance of our regular point-to-point expert Richard Pugh. KILBARRY LILLY was the first horse to catch Richard’s eye last week as the daughter of Classic Cliché got off the mark at the fourth time of asking, winning by 1½ lengths under James Barry.

The winning time was seven seconds faster than the average in a race the four-year-old had to be tough after the last obstacle. She got a strong ride late and maybe doesn’t look the biggest, but she was game and got the job done. With the dam from the family of the classy Tropical Lady, there may well be more to come down the line.

We stayed at Boulta for Richard’s next eyecatcher where ON THE SHORT LIST would win for the Mary Doyle team. An aggressive late ride would see the son of Robin Des Champs score on debut despite a hairy leap at the second last.

That was division one, but division two went the way of WEST CORK WILDWAY, a son of Yeats who also got off the mark on debut. Richard appeared to be more taken with this horse, who in the end, ran out a pretty ready four lengths winner.

It was a winner for trainer Paul O'Flynn, whose horse, from the family of Minellafordollars, looks a nice prospect. The home team appeared to know they had a useful one, as Richard reported he was well-backed.

If you missed this week's Irish Point to Point episode, you can watch it below:

Next, we went to Borris House where OUTONPATROL broke her maiden at the second time of asking, looking a progressive horse in the process. Trained by Sean Doyle, the daughter of Stowaway really picked up in the closing stages to put the race to bed; you’d have to love how she saw it out.

From a good winning point-to-point family, the €6,800 she made as a three-year-old now looks a bargain.

Again, at Boris House, there were two divisions of a gelding’s maiden. Mary Doyle was back in the winners’ enclosure again when her LUCKY FLIGHT bolted up by 30 lengths. The impressive visual impression was backed up by the clock, according to Richard. Furthermore, over the last two fences, the son of Linda’s Lad really impressed with his jumping.

VINNIE'S GETAWAY went on to win the second division, in what was an incident-packed race. It’s well worth watching the above video back to get a full sense of how lucky Vinnie’s Getaway was. While the case, this son of Getaway is a half-brother to the classy Cousin Vinny, and it may prove he doesn’t need such luck to win races going forward, giving his quality bloodline. 

Irish point-to-point footage for The Irish Angle and Pointing The Way is kindly supplied by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing

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