Very successful ‘Point to Point’ event in Ballinalee

Tiger Sam is pursued by Scarvas Cindy and Cogryhill during one of the races on the card at the Westmeath & Longford Harriers Point-to-Point on Sunday last at Corbeagh House. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
On Sunday last the Longford Harriers and Westmeath Foxhounds found a new home for their joint Point to Point race meeting at Corbeagh House.

On Sunday last the Longford Harriers and Westmeath Foxhounds found a new home for their joint Point to Point race meeting at Corbeagh House.

The large number of spectators who travelled from across the region to the event was testament to the fine Point to Point tradition in Longford.

“Point to Point racing continues to be a sport, bringing together the many people who are happy to still see racing as a sport rather than a business and our event last weekend was very, successful,” said Linda Gallagher, secretary, Point to Point Committee.

“A very busy and pressurising Saturday saw the last remaining work completed and the tired helpers were relieved to see the last piece of the jigsaw fit into place as the Secretary’s tent was erected and kitted out last Saturday. Harriers and foxhounds then arrived and an exciting day’s racing ensued.”

The venue, Corbeagh House owned by Joseph and Barbara McGreal, proved to be a very suitable choice for the event.

There were six winners on the day including Cogryhill ridden by JJ Codd, owned by W.W. Dennison and trained by Gordon Elliott; Court Frontier ridden by JJ Fitzpatrick owned by Barry Connell and trained by Alan Fleming; Jo Go ridden by NJ Terry, owned by Mrs C. O’Leary and trained by Mrs. C. O’Leary; Chosen Dream ridden by JJ Codd, owned by Mrs M.E. Hagan and trained by Graham McKeever; Oscar Barton ridden by T Donworth, owned by Kaniz Bloodstock Investments Partnership and trained by Gordon Elliott; Mr Cosmopolitan ridden by PJ Cawley, owned by Hugh Newell and trained by J.T.R. Dreaper.

The feature race was the JC Ferrall Memorial Open Race. This cup was purchased in 1949 by friends of the late Jack Ferrall, a renowned Longford Point to Point rider.

The local community also rose to the occasion with sponsors from Longford, Ballinalee and Edgeworthstown. The committee acknowledge Red Mills, The Stags Head, Ballinalee; Rawles, Ballinalee; Quinns Supply Stores, Edgeworthstown; Patrick Hanlon, Gala & Philip Reynolds who sponsored a race in the name of ‘Mind our Men’- Pieta House. Full race results on www.p2p.ie

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photographs from the event