Doubles for Cosgrove and O’Neill

Banbridge trainer, Gerry Cosgrave registered a double at Toome on Saturday.
Banbridge trainer, Gerry Cosgrave registered a double at Toome on Saturday.

The Mid Antrim Hunt staged a second fixture to support the Ulster region circuit, however received minimal support from owners and trainers with only 45 entries.

The day provided competitive racing and doubles for Banbridge trainer Gerry Cosgrave and Wexford rider, Barry O’Neill.

Ballymalin  [Derek O'Connor having finished third at the opening Ulster fixture scored on his return to Toome for trainer, Colin McKeever and owner Wilson Dennison.

Ballymalin [Derek O'Connor having finished third at the opening Ulster fixture scored on his return to Toome for trainer, Colin McKeever and owner Wilson Dennison.

O’Neill was again aboard hot favourite, You Must Know Me, which had made a winning debut for Derrylin trainer David Christie at the previous fixture.

The former Henry De Bromhead trained horse faced just three rivals this time but readily cast the opposition aside to win easily. Runner-up One Cool Clarkson had Ben Crawford in the saddle – the rider who shared the Northern region title in 2012 having been absent from the points circuit for a period of time.

Crawford advised a new diet enabled him to control his weight adding: “Between the weight and being very busy with a pre-training operation for my brother (Larne trainer, Stuart Crawford]) I have not been riding in points but things are good now and I hope to be riding for the rest of the season and hopefully a few winners.”

Meanwhile, Fermanagh handler Christie said of the open race winner: “He could have done with a stronger run race. He would nearly do more in a gallop at home. There’s more to come from this horse and he’ll run in a couple more points and be aimed at the hunterchase at Down Royal on Boxing Day. That’s the current plan.”

You Must Know Me [Barry O'Neill ] trained in County Fermanagh by David Christie looks a possible star of this season's point to point scene.

You Must Know Me [Barry O'Neill ] trained in County Fermanagh by David Christie looks a possible star of this season's point to point scene.

Barry O’Neill had initiated his brace of winners when easily claiming the mares maiden on Lastbutnotleast trained by Colin Bowe and readily accounting for the market leaders which had to settle for second and third places.

Banbridge trainer Gerry Cosgrave always sends out his share of winners on the local scene and regularly introduces an above average youngster.

Whipcord brought rider Mark O’Hare’s tally to three for the season having recorded a double at the Mid Antrim meeting last time when landing the opening four year old contest with the winner showing the advantage of prior experience in the spring and jumping very well to land the spoils justifying market support.

The owner of the winner, Brian Kilpatrick, has owned numerous high-class horses including Horus, Grangewood King, Terao, Cache Fleur and Sabin Du Loir and has a longstanding association with both Martin and David Pipe.

Cosgrave said: “I always though him a good horse. He has matured and strengthened up over the summer. I’ll talk to the owner when he returns from holiday regarding what we do next.”

The trainer completed a first and last race double when Clondaw Frisby claimed the finale for novice riders.

John Doyle was seen to excellent advantage when partnering his second winner.

Cosgrave stated: “The young lad gave him a great ride – He should have a future as a rider.”

The geldings maiden saw father beat son when the Colin McKeever trained Ballymalin with Champion rider Derek O’Connor aboard beat Ticinese trained by his son, Graham by a neck.

The winning connections also registered success in the same event at the previous meeting while the runner-up should gain compensation during the short autumn campaign.

The form of the initial fixture was endorsed when Quiet Account partnered by Champion local rider Noel McParlan easily denied Benarty Hill and Maz Majeec – the trio all winners at the first Toome meeting.

TOOME POINT TO POINT RESULTS

FIRST RACE: 1st, Whipcord [Mark O’Hare] 3/1; 2nd, Minmore Present; 3rd, Ballygilbert

11/2 – 2 8 ran

SECOND RACE: 1st, Ballymalin [Derek O’Connor] 2/1; 2nd, Ticinese; 3rd, Relkwood

Neck – 4 7 ran

THIRD RACE: 1st, Lastbutnotleast [Barry O’Neill] 4/1; 2nd, Yewtree Girl; 3rd, Lucky Buttons

8 – dist 7 ran

FOURTH RACE: 1st, You Must Know Me [Barry O’Neill] 1/5 fav; 2nd, One Cool Clarkson; 3rd, Castletown Bridge

8 – 15 4 ran

FIFTH RACE: 1st, Quiet Account [Noel McParlan] 4/5 fav; 2nd, Benarty Hill; 3rd, Maz Majecc

15 – 6 5 ran

SIXTH RACE: 1st, Clondaw Frisby [John Doyle] 5/4 fav; 2nd, Pointview Gale; 3rd, Master Ruffit

5 – 2 7 ran