30th MAY 2019 - Page 87

FEBRUARY 14 2019
Point to point doubles at Kirkistown
By Shaun O’Dea
HE Kirkistown point to point survived
the overnight gales to stage their
fixture on Saturday. Trainer, Colin
Bowe, along with current champion
rider, Barry O’Neill and former AllIreland champion, Jamie Codd all recorded
doubles at the North Down venue. Less than
half the entries ran – 44 out of 91 entries. A
late night announcement on Friday by the Turf
Club detailed all runners would be required
to produce their passports for inspection
by Turf Club officials due to the equine flu
outbreak and no schooling after racing would
be allowed to take place.
The Bowe trained, ‘Hell’s Canyon’ made
a winning debut in the opener carrying
Ryanair boss, Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown
colours with a much reduced field seeing only
seven going to the start from the original 21
OPENER: ‘Hell’s Canyon’ [Jamie Codd] lands
the opener at Kirkistown on his debut for
trainer, Colin Bowe. (FW07-592SO)
CELEBRATING: Dromore trainer, Sarah Dawson
[second from right] celebrates success at
Kirkistown with Rubiana’s owner Anne Wishart,
pictured left. (FW07-593SO)
entries. The winner assumed command at the
penultimate fence and will likely be seen on
the course proper later this year.
The Bowe and O’Neill partnership doubled
up in the winners contest, as ‘Fort Worth
Texas’ was again a very easy winner and the
trainer indicating a bumper would be the next
likely target.
Dromore trainer, Sarah Dawson claimed
the grief-stricken mares maiden, with
‘Rubiana’ partnered by Declan Lavery giving
a front running display to score with only two
completing the course from the six starters.
Dawson said: “I’ll consider going to the
course proper with her now.”
BEF responds to the
resumption of racing after
equine flu outbreak
decision to cancel all
racing last Thursday,
February 7, the
British Equestrian
Federation (BEF)
welcomed the
decision by the
British Horseracing
Authority to
resume racing from
Wednesday, February
BEF is cautiously
optimistic that, after
analysis of thousands
of samples by the
Animal Health Trust,
there have been no
further positive tests
since the weekend.
The BEF continues
to closely monitor the
situation and assess
the risk to health of
UK horses, whilst in
regular consultation
with specialist
vets and experts
in equine influenza
and epidemiology
with experience
of managing
previous outbreaks.
Their assessment
remains that it is
not necessary to
cancel other equine
events subject to
local disease status
and local veterinary
The BEF continues
to urge horse owners
to be vigilant for
symptoms of equine
flu – coughing, nasal
discharge, loss of
appetite, lethargy
– and call their vet
if they think their
horses are showing
They strongly
recommend that
owners ensure that
their vaccinations
are up to date – if it
has been longer than
six months since
the last vaccination,
they recommend you
discuss a booster
with your veterinary
surgeon. As has
been demonstrated
in this outbreak,
vaccinations are
vital in tackling the
spread of the disease.
Therefore, the BEF
recommend strongly
that unvaccinated
horses do not mix
with other horses.
The advice remains
that you MUST NOT
take your horse to an
event or competition
if horses at your yard
are unwell.
The BEF has
produced a Q&A
giving further advice
on how owners can
keep their horses
OETIS is aware
of possible
concerns about
the current Equine
Influenza outbreak and
knowing more about
the available vaccines.
The Zoetis vaccinations
are Equip® Flu and
Equip® Flu and Tetanus
vaccines (Equip F or
Equip FT) and they
would like to share the
following information;
- Zoetis can confirm
that Equip F and Equip
FT are both indicated
for reduction in clinical
signs caused by Equine
Influenza, including
Florida Clade 1 strains.
- Protection has
been demonstrated in
multiple clinical studies
and Zoetis is confident
The locally owned and bred winner was
scoring at Comber owner Anne Wishart’s
home venue.
Downpatrick rider, Declan Lavery, now
based with Elliott, enjoyed a bumper weekend
when completing a hat trick. Following
winning on ‘Taresshar’ at the Ward Union
points fixture, the talented rider travelled to
Punchestown to score in the bumper aboard
‘Dinny Lacey’, trained by James Motherway.
Trainer, Gordon Elliott again claimed the
open race feature with ‘Kruzhlinin’ bringing
his tally in points to 10 plus eight track
victories. Jamie Codd waited until the second
last before producing his challenge on the
winner, which will continue to race between
the flags. The winner is owned by Camila
Sharples, Elliott’s head girl, who advised the
Aintree Foxhunters would be the target in the
Peter Fahy was rewarded with success on
a rare trip North from County Kildare, when
‘Gold Des Bois’ opened his account having fell
on his sole start last season. Jamie Codd again
waited until the penultimate fence before
sending the winner clear, while connections
advised he is likely to go the bloodstock sales.
Colin Bowe was denied a treble when
‘Goldazar’ had to settle for second behind
the Lawless family’s victory in the finale with
‘Lough Derg Lyric’ - the winner owned and
trained by Gerard Lawless and partnered by
his son, Brian. A winners event is the next
Zoetis advice on vaccines
that the Equip range
continues to be
effective against its
licensed indications.
In the UK to date,
they have had no
cases of flu reported in
horses vaccinated with
Equip F or Equip FT.
In the present flu
outbreak, it is not clear
if any of the current
influenza vaccines
will provide complete
clinical protection
against the mutated
strain. However,
as advised by the
Animal Health Trust
(AHT), the best way to
likely objective.
Saturday, February 9
Kirkistown point to point
First Race: 1) Hell’s Canyon [Barry O’Neill]
5/4; 2) Favori Champdou; 3) The Great
Geordie. 7 ran. 10 – 10.
Second Race: 1) Rubiana [Declan Lavery]
7/2; 2) Cream Sparkles. Only 2 finished. 2
Third Race: 1) Gold Des Bois [Jamie Codd]
4/5; 2) Lowtown Charlie; 3) Elmdale. 10 ran,
1 1/2 – 12.
Fourth Race: 1) Kruzhlinin [Jamie Codd] 1/1;
2) Winged Leader; 3) Gwencily Berbas. 7 ran.
8 – 1.
Fifth Race: 1) Fort Worth Texas [Barry
O’Neill] 6/4; 2) Gold Time; 3) Nevada Rose. 6
ran. 8 – 8.
Sixth Race: 1) Lough Derg Lyric [Brian
Lawless] 5/2; 2) Goldazar; 3) The Bolder Boy.
8 ran. 5 – 3/4.
WINNERS CONTEST: ‘Fort Worth Texas’
[Jamie Codd] landed the winners contest at
Kirkistown. (FW07-591SO)
protect your horse is
to ensure your horse’s
vaccinations are up
to date and maintain
good biosecurity.
Please find below
useful updates;
news/statement-onequine-influenzaoutbreaks -invaccinated-horses
If you have any
concerns that
your horse may be
showing signs of
equine influenza
or you require
further information,
please contact your
veterinary surgeon.


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