A cold, windy day at Tyrella point to point diminished the attendance and with going drying out saw only 46 runners at the fixture.
Leading points handler Colin Bowe was again in the winner’s enclosure after the opening four year old maiden with Bidasse partnered by stable rider, Barry O’Neill.
The pair benefitted when Ballycross, having lead and made most of the running and appearing the likely winner, made a mistake at the final fence and unseated Champion rider Derek O’Connor.
The winner also made a mistake at the final fence which saw the winning rider cross the line without stirrups.
The Irish Champion rider gained compensation when scoring on Fagan for Ballymena trainer Ian Ferguson in the geldings maiden.
The winner challenged and lead just prior to the last fence to deny the placed pair A Bold Move and Shanroe Street after the duo had made much of the running.
Ferguson said: “He deserved that. He’s improved and matured. I’ll look for a winner’s contest over Easter. I’ll probably go back to the track after the point to point season for a bumper as he has already been placed in a bumper.”
A stewards inquiry followed the mares maiden regarding possible inference however the result stood with the Donnchadh Doyle trained, Josh’s Sister beating Oneforthenure partnered by former Northern Region Champion rider, Noel McParlan by one and three quarter lengths while favourite, Tearaway Queen fell two from home.
Butlergrove King with Harley Dunne aboard – the rider a former professional made all the running to claim the winners contest with the task made easier when favourite, Big Jack Behan fell having joined the leader three from home.
The 1/3 favourite Count Massini with current All-Ireland Champion, Jamie Codd aboard easily lifted the hunt cup.
Four horses jumped the last together in the finale for novice riders with Darsindian falling and Lion’s Choice landing the race and supplying winning rider, Darragh Lambe with his second career victory.