IRISH STARS O'CONNOR AND CODD SET FOR KINGSTON BLOUNT

Gina Andrews and QUICK OATS

TOP amateur riders Derek O'Connor and Jamie Codd have been named in the Ireland team for the Bicester Office Park Anglo-Irish Point-to-Point Challenge at Kingston Blount in Oxfordshire on Friday, May 26.

Eleven-time champion O'Connor is the sport's winning-most jockey in Ireland with more than 1,100 winners.
He has also struck three times at the Cheltenham Festival, most recently on Minella Rocco in the 2016 National Hunt Chase.
Codd, the reigning champion, has clocked up more than 820 Point-to-Point victories in his homeland.

He is a seven-time winner at the Festival, including a double this year aboard Cause Of Causes, on whom he went on to finish second on in the Randox Health Grand National, and Fayonagh.
They join Barry O'Neill, this season's leading rider in Ireland, and Noel McParlan in the men's team, with the side selected based on the top four places in the championship.
O'Neill is no stranger to success on British shores, having partnered the Warren Greatrex-trained Paint The Clouds to victory in the Stratford Champion Hunters' Chase last May.
McParlan will be making his debut in the challenge, but has been one of the leading riders in the Emerald Isle for a number of years, and is on course to be crowned northern champion for a third time.

He has also impressed at Cheltenham, finishing second on Missed Approach in the National Hunt Chase last month.

The four-mile race was won by Lisa O'Neill on Tiger Roll, and she features in Ireland's ladies' team, having also won the Kerry National at Listowel in September aboard Wrath Of Titans.
The line-up is completed by Shauna Larkin, Liz Lalor and Maxine O'Sullivan.

Larkin, a newcomer to the challenge, leads the way in the lady riders' table, thanks largely due to a very productive campaign aboard Rosc Catha, a horse owned and trained by her family.
Lalor is a five-time ladies' champion, while O'Sullivan has captured the title twice.

Richard Pugh, of P2P.ie, said: "The Anglo-Irish Challenge has really become a very popular event on both sides of the Irish Sea in what has been a very short time since its inception.
"We have a very strong Irish team heading over to Kingston Blount this year, and it is great that it is another new venue for the event to visit."

Meeting chairman Rodney Mann commented: "It is really good to see the top Point-to-Point amateurs in Ireland coming over and it will be a pleasure to welcome them to Kingston Blount.
"We expect to see some very competitive racing."

The Great Britain team is due to be named early next month, with the top three men and ladies in the national standings earning selection plus one wildcard for each gender, with the aim of providing an opportunity for riders from all over the country.

After the Easter meetings, Will Biddick is clear at the top of the men's table with 29 winners followed by Evan David (20), Alex Edwards (19), John Dawson (18), Jack Andrews (17) and Darren Edwards (16).

Gina Andrews is the leading lady on 16 winners, with Bryony Frost (9), Claire Hardwick (8), Leanda Tickle (7) and Tabitha Worsley (6) heading the chasing pack.

ANGLO-IRISH CHALLENGE RACE PROGRAMME
Friday, May 26, 2017

4.00 Men's Open (sponsored by Betfair)
4.35 Anglo-Irish Club Members Conditions Race for Gentlemen Riders (sponsored by Goffs UK)
5.10 Anglo-Irish Ladies Open (sponsored by Bicester Office Park)
5.45 Anglo-Irish Four, Five & Six-Year-Olds Maiden Race for Gentlemen Riders (sponsored by Tattersalls Ireland)
6.20 Anglo-Irish Intermediate Race for Lady Riders (sponsored by Connolly's Red Mills)
7.05 The Kingston Blount Racing Club Members Conditions Race for Novice Riders

ANGLO-IRISH CHALLENGE BACKGROUND

This will be the fifth year the challenge has taken place with Great Britain having won on the previous four occasions.
Britain took the inaugural contest in 2013 at Ratoath in County Meath, before successfully defending their crown at Fairyhouse the following year.
A hat-trick of wins was completed when the jockeys' challenge came to these shores for the first time in 2015 at Chaddesley Corbett in Worcestershire.
And Britain made it a four-timer at Inch, near Tallow, in County Cork, last year.
The riders will compete in four races - two for men and two for women - twice the number of previous years.
As well as the four races in the Anglo-Irish Challenge there will be two supporting contests, with a 4pm start.
With Kingston Blount also hosting the traditional Berks & Bucks And Staff College & RMAS Draghounds meeting on Sunday, May 28, it promises to be a busy weekend for the popular Oxfordshire track.

KINGSTON BLOUNT POINT-TO-POINT RACECOURSE

Kingston Blount Racecourse was founded in 1971 and now stages four Point-to-Point meetings each season - with that figure increased to five this term with the Anglo-Irish Challenge. It is an undulating course, with a steep climb after the 5th and the 13th fences in three-mile races and a downhill run before the 6th and 14th fences. It is very well cared for with watering available and the ground is rarely firm, even at later meetings. Car parking is good, with a downhill exit if wet. There is good viewing from the slope above the finish.

The course is located at Kingston Grove, Kingston Blount OX39 4SG, approximately eight miles NW of High Wycombe and well signposted off the B4009 towards Chinnor, leaving the M40 at J6. For safety reasons, we do not advise leaving the M40 at J5 as the descent down Kingston Hill is both narrow and steep. For the same reason, please do not try to park on Kingston Hill.

CONTACT DETAILS

For further information, please contact Kingston Blount Anglo-Irish Challenge media liaison officer Russell Smith 07866 953987 Email: jamessmith327@btinternet.com

Recent Posts

29th May 2024
Fitzwilliam at Dingley - Report

The weather gods were kind in the run up to the final meeting of the Midlands Area season and the going at Dingley was declared to be good across the course for the Fitzwilliam meeting on May 25th. 38 runners contested six races across the card, with both Dale Peters and Jack Teal recording doubles […]

21st May 2024
Fitzwilliam at Dingley 2024 - Preview

Just like that the British point-to-point season is almost over and we are preparing for the Midlands Area's final fixture for this year, the Fitzwilliam meeting at Dingley on Saturday 25th of May, where we have a six race card for which 86 horses have entered. Racing starts at 2pm. At the time of writing […]

8th May 2024
Fernie at Dingley 2024 - Report

Another big May Bank Holiday crowd descended on Dingley for the Fernie's point-to-point meeting on 5th May, where they enjoyed a seven-race card. The Fernie Four-Miler has turned up some great finishes over the years, but this year's renewal might be one of the most unusual. Four miles on any ground is a long race […]

1st May 2024
Fernie at Dingley 2024 - Preview

The Fernie point-to-point racing meeting is scheduled for Sunday 5th May at Dingley racecourse, just East of Market Harborough in Leicestershire. Tickets are available online and are selling well for this meeting which now starts at 1.25pm as a result of the rescheduled Members race from the Pytchley with Woodland meeting which makes it a […]

23rd April 2024
Ridge keeps the Gold Cup while doubles flow

John Ridge's Caryto des Brosses showed his class to win the Prestigious Quorn Gold Cup in style at Garthorpe on Saturday, for the second year running. The David Kemp-trained 12 year old is probably in his last season of racing but you wouldn't have known it from this display; he looked close to his very […]

Supporters

A small random selection of the many generous companies who support Midlands point-to-point racing.
View all sponsors
Steffans logo
Welland Valley Feeds
Berry Accountants Logo
Berrys Logo
JRL Group Logo
Tattersalls Logo
Dickinson and Morris Logo
R&R Country
Sibbertoft Manor Logo
The Jockey club
Sid Dennis & Sons Logo
Bletsoes
Humber Imports Logo
Billing Finance Logo
Rural Insight Land & Development
Country and Equestrian Logo
Frank Key logo
Northamptonshire County Foundation Logo
Will Barker & Co Logo
BMTC Law Logo

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram