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APRIL 28 2022
Massive turnout at Loughanmore
By Shaun O’Dea
LL-IRELAND Champion rider, Barry
O’Neill claimed the riding honours
with a treble on the second day of the
Loughanmore point to point, with
the Easter Monday ﬁxture as usual
attracting a massive turnout of racegoers and
holiday makers. There was no rush to exit the
course, with music and picnics still ongoing
The champion partnered a double for
Derrylin trainer, David Christie, landing the
featured open contest in easy fashion on
‘Some Man’. The multiple winner was sent
straight to the front by O’Neill and made all -
SUCCESS: The Larne-based Crawford brothers
Ben and Stuart, who enjoyed success at their
home venue, Loughanmore. (FW17-563SO)
VICTORY: ‘Some Man’ (Barry O’Neill) brought
his tally to eight victories in point to points
when winning at Loughanmore. (FW17-561SO)
never looking in any real danger at any point
throughout the contest. His record between
the ﬂags now stands at eight wins from 11
starts and he has only once ﬁnished outside
of the ﬁrst three.
Christie said: “He’ll continue to contest open
races during the season and I’m delighted for
his owner Ray Nicholas, who has been a longtime supporter.”
The Fermanagh trainer and champion rider
also claimed the mares winners event with
‘Alice O’Byrne’ by an extending 15 lengths,
having readily went clear entering the
straight. The Derrylin handler indicated a
three-winner event could be next, with one
scheduled at the Killultagh ﬁxture at Crumlin
at the end of this week.
County Armagh jockey crowned
champion for second time
By Shaun O’Dea
OUNTY Armagh jump jockey, Brian
Hughes entered the record books when
riding his 200th winner in a season
at Perth last week and is only the fourth to
complete the feat. Aptly, the winner was
‘Dreams Of Home’ (8s to 6/4 favourite) for his
boss, trainer Donald McCain, which prevailed
by a half-length over the Gordon Elliott runner
Hughes was Champion jockey in the 2019/20
season, becoming the ﬁrst rider based in the
North of England to become champion jumps
jockey since Jonjo O’Neill won the title in 1980.
Peter Scudamore, Richard Johnston and Sir
Anthony McCoy (whose best season was in
2001/2 with 289 winners when jockeys were
allowed to ride at more than one meeting per
day) preceded Hughes in hitting the 200 tally.
All jockeys riding at Perth, including
the valets, lined the paddock to greet the
champion elect and a cake already waiting
marking the landmark winner.
This year, the Northern Ireland jockey
received the presentation at the ﬁnal ﬁxture of
the season at Sandown on Saturday past and
was joined by wife Luci and children Rory and
Olivia, having missed the event last time due
to the pandemic and former top jump jockey
Mick Fitzgerald delivering the trophy to the
Trainer Donald McCain said: “I spotted him
a number of years ago, when I asked him to
be stable jockey - it’s quite simple: you want
him riding for you, not against you. Every
time you watch a race, you see how you want
it done. Brian’s exactly where you want to be.
That sums him up. He’s as professional and
as dedicated as any man I’ve ever met. He’s a
team player. He thinks of the long-term beneﬁt
of the horses. Obviously, he gets a bit of stick
now and then because he doesn’t go to the
big meetings in the south, but his job’s in the
north of England. That’s how he’s made his
The 36-year-old local jockey includes three
Cheltenham Festival wins in his career total,
but again bypassed the Prestbury Park event,
as his boss and owners require his talents in
the North of England.
The Markethill native said: “I’m very proud.
‘Dreams Of Home’ was actually my 100th
winner this season as well. It’s great for
Donald (McCain) - I was getting a bit twitchy
CHAMPION: Dual Champion Jumps jockey,
Brian Hughes originally from Markethill, County
when the winners weren’t coming, but I’ve
had my share of luck. It all went my way this
season and we have a great team and they
deserve immense credit. Since my time with
Kevin Prendergast, with whom I started, it has
been instilled into me you only get back what
you put into this game. I still consider Kevin
the greatest trainer. Donald has done a great
job buying the right horses and placing them
to best effect. Some of the horses in the yard
are ordinary enough, but Donald has been
able to get them to win multiple races. Every
winner means something and counts.
“My agent Richard Hale has been brilliant
during the season and deserves much of the
credit and thanks - my wife jokes I speak more
to him than her!
“Anyone that knows me knows I don’t like to
be the centre of things and would be sooner
in the background - I don’t like being the
centre of attraction (talking about Saturday’s
presentation). I’m not an emotional person,
but coming back in today, the reception really
touched me - I was a bit taken aback. I really
appreciate it. My sisters from Canada and
Melbourne, along with my sisters from home
and mum and dad are coming to Sandown.
We’ll have a couple of days with the family
before the new season starts at Hexham.”
The top rider also won the ﬁnale, again in
facile fashion, on ‘Near Dark’. The winner was
always prominent under the champion and,
once entering the straight, soon held a major
advantage to score by 12 lengths. Connections
suggested a winners contest could be next.
Rider Cormac Abernethy took the ﬁrst two
races when winning the opener on ‘Hold
Up Colmine’, trained by Colin McKeever for
owner Wilson Dennison, who supplies the
venue. The winner was held up in the rear
before making ground readily on the turn for
home and soon led after the last.
Abernethy followed up in the next race,
scoring on ‘Ballyhack’, trained by Caroline
McCaldin, a daughter of Wilson Dennison,
with the task made easier by the fall of
‘Toombridge’ at the ﬁnal fence - the latter
appearing capable of winning a similar event.
‘Ohzark’ overcame an absence of over three
years to win by a distance in the Novice riders
race with Bertie Finn aboard for Wexford
based trainer, Richard Black.
Monday, April 18
Loughanmore point to point
First Race: 1) Hold up La Colmine (Cormac
Abernethy) 8/1; 2) Coco Masterpiece; 3)
Drumlee Castle. 3 ran. 2 1/2 - 1.
Second Race: 1) Ballyhack (Cormac
Abernethy) 5/1; 2) Ballyferris; 3) Dunboy Lad.
8 ran. 10 - 7.
Third Race: 1) Alice O’Byrne (Barry O’Neill)
6/4 fav; 2) Rock The Hill; 3) Presenting Ana. 3
THE Mid Antrim Hunt
Point to Point returns to its
venue in Broughshane on
Saturday, May 7, courtesy
of the McBurney family, and
will be open to the public
for the ﬁrst time since May
2019. The on-ﬁeld facilities
will include catering, bar
and bookies, with racing
starting at 2pm. Entry is
£10 per person and the
course can be accessed
from the Caherty Road,
Philip McBurney Racing
continues to grow on
the site, with the all-new
Caherty Stables boasting
superb facilities, including
horse walker, lunging pen,
fences. The magniﬁcent allweather gallop, purposely
built in 2020, boasts a
top-quality Wexford sand
furlongs, it sculpts into
a gradual hill climb, is
available for private use
and can be booked on
line by visiting: https://
Many of Philip’s own
horses’ names will be
recognised by the locals,
including ‘Caherty Road’,
ON THE SCORE
based at the
again on the
at his home
ran. 15 - 4 1/2.
Fourth Race: 1) Some Man (Barry O’Neill)
4/7 fav; 2) Stamp Your Feet; 3) Fils Spirituel.
5 ran. 8 - 7.
Fifth Race: 1) Ohzark (Bertie Finn) 4/1; 2)
Patriot’s Prayer; 3) Parkgate. 12 ran. dist - 5.
Sixth Race: 1) Near Dark (Barry O’Neill) 6/4
fav; 2) Youghalbegood; 3) Might Mae. 7 ran.
12 - 3 1/2.
owner of the
supplies the venue
and was rewarded
with a winner when
Hold Up Colimine
took the opener.
Mid Antrim Hunt Point to
Point returns to Broughshane
WELCOME RETURN: Mid Antrim Hunt Point to Point returns
to its venue in Broughshane on May 7. (FW17-567NN)
‘Broughshane’ and ‘Crebilly’.
‘Broughshane’ was recently
sold at the Cheltenham
Festival Sale, purchased by
Jonjo O’Neill Racing.
Many graduates of Point
to Points have become
household names on the
Commander’, ‘Denman’, ‘War
of Attrition’, ‘Cool Dawn’,
‘Looks Like Trouble’ and
‘Mr Mulligan’, who all won
the Blue Riband Cheltenham
Gold Cup. Recent winners of
the Aintree Grand National
that have also graduated
from the point to point ﬁeld
include ‘One For Arthur’,
‘Rule The World’, ‘Silver
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