My Hometown lights up Autumn between the flags
We had some wonderful point to point action over the autumn campaign which was first introduced after the foot and mouth scare of 2001. Since its introduction it has been a huge help to the point to point community and has seen some future stars introduced in the Autumn campaign in recent years, with the likes of Strong Flow and Holywell springing to mind. This season’s campaign has also had some exciting types unleashed from some of point to pointing’s highest profile yards.
One potential star was unleashed late in the campaign at Dromahane, and his name was My Hometown. Carrying the famous green and gold hoops of JP Mcmanus, the Enda Bolger trained four year old demolished his rivals and had many a good judge singing his praises after he passed the post an easy four length winner. Ridden by champion jockey Derek O’ Connor, the son of Presenting outclassed his rivals with his good confirmation in the ring before his debut and also was a class apart up the Dromahane home straight with his slick jumping. Named after the famous Bruce Springsteen song, My Hometown is a name to remember.
The open division this year has also been unusually strong, with the Adrian McGuire trained Two Rockers being one of the stars of the division this year. Ridden in all his starts this term by Declan Queally, the son of Milan made easy work of two competitive Opens at Ballindenisk and Dromahane and looks set to be one of the stars of the campaign. At only seven years old he could be a dominant force between the flags for sometime to come. John Paul Brennan also has a decent open horse on his hands in the shape of the six year old Need To Know who bagged two points in the Autumn campaign. Now running in the well known green and yellow seams of the Brennan team, he could well make in to a decent hunter chaser in the spring.
On the riding front, the action remains as competitive as ever. Jamie Codd and Derek O’Connor dominate the standings once again. With Codd gaining a first championship last season and breaking O’Connors winning run of ten consecutive titles, the action is set to be as intense as ever this time around. Here is to hoping that both stay sound and enjoy another terrific battle this year.
The point to point action gets back in to full swing after Christmas at Dromahane on December 30th. Lets hope we can see a few more potential stars between the flags in the spring campaign.
By JJ Slevin 17/12/14
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