Tipperary Gear Up For Popular Point to Point Evening
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Tipperary Racecourse will host the popular Point-To-Point Evening on Thursday 24th May featuring The P2P.ie (C&G) Point-To-Point INH Flat Race, The P2P.ie Mares Point-To-Point INH Flat Race and the Kedrah House Stud ‘Well Chosen’ Novice Hunters Chase.
The P2P.ie Mares Point-To-Point INH Flat Race is often the focus of most people’s attention. There are invariably quite a few “talking horses” in the race and previous winners of this race include the prolific scorer For Bill. Her win at Tipperary was the first of her nine career wins, two of which were at graded level.
This year’s renewal has attracted a number of useful contenders, Ballinahow Star looks to be a mare that on form will have to be involved here. Her most recent win was particularly eye catching as it was a winners of two in the company of geldings and she’s trained in the Cloyne yard of James Motherway who formerly trained Irish Grand National winning mare Bluesea Cracker.
There are also some other consistent performers in this race such as Ichey Feet who has been placed on four of its last five runs and most notably second on its last run in a mares bumper in Cork.
Another to keep an eye on would be Carrigeen Kigelia from the Lalor yard, a winner on its only start in Laurencetown earlier this month and a big run from this one would not surprise.
A total of 29 entries have been received for the P2P.ie Gelding’s Bumper with many of the top point to point yards represented. There are half a dozen horses with strong form claims including the likes of Brand Ambassador, a winner of his only point to point start in Largy, which was followed by a promising runner up placing on his next outing in a point to point bumper at Down Royal recently.
Others worth considering include Captain Canada, from the in-form Carrigtwohill stable of Terence O’Brien, winner of his last two starts, Corrin Wood a horse with little exposure to the point to point scene who scored at Tallow on his second run, and Pure Style placed on his last two outings and hailing from a yard who would have a good record in producing the winner of this type of race.
Perhaps the most notable winner on the 2010 card came in the Novice Hunters Chase with the subsequent Grade 3 novice hurdle winner Mossey Joe running out the impressive victor.
The race has also produced many other useful horses including Paddy Pub and Merchant Royal and doesn’t disappoint in quality this year.
On form, Onefortheroadmac looks to be a big danger to the opposition after recording no less than five wins this season. Although his best runs seem to be on softer ground, he still has some creditable placed efforts on better ground.
Hinesight is another eye catcher from the in-form Ted Walsh stable. An impressive winner of both his maiden and winners races, he was unlucky next time when brought down in Monksgrange in a winners of two when travelling well.
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On the night there will be a Point to Point Photography Exhibition by Jennifer O’Sullivan featuring images from the 2012 Point to Point season and schooling events at Tipperary.
The exhibition will take place throughout the evening and will be located in the Members Bar on the First Floor of the Tipperary Stand which will be open to all racegoers on the evening.
An album showcasing some of the photos that are to be exhibited is available to view on the Tipperary Racecourse Facebook page. People can visit the page and vote for their favourite photos. The photo with the most votes or ‘Likes’ will feature on the cover of the racecard. Vote on Facebook
Between Races Tipperary’s Parade Ring MC David Byrnes and Richard Pugh from P2P.ie will look back at footage on the Racing Post Big Screen from the 2012 National Hunt season focusing on some of the graded winners that began their careers on the Irish Point to Point fields. Gates Open at 4.00pm and the first race is at 5.50pm. Admission is €10 for adults, €8 for students and OAP’s and under 18’s are free.