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Irish Point-to Point: Bold win by youngster.

BIG AND BOLD became the first four-year-old winner of the season at the Lismore point in West Waterford on Sunday.

David Wachman trains the much touted son of Legal Circles, who jumped like a handicapper under Mark Grant. Leading with over a mile to race the youngster had six lengths in hand over the promising Christmas Crackle (Tony Costello) and Supreme Quest (Paul Cashman).

The Powers Gold Label qualifer went to another debutant, 6-4 favourite Anxious Moments (David Russell). Running in the colours of veterinary surgeon John Halley, the son of Supreme Leader quickened nicely after the last fence to beat the promising Datito by a length. Anxious Moments is trained by Pat Doyle in County Tipperary.

Eoin Gallagher is just six winners short of the magic century in points after recording a weekend three-timer. He landed a brace at Lismore, initiated when Knock King made every post a winning one in the opening confined maiden. Gallagher again used front running tactics aboard Owens Pet in the winners of one. However, he had to work overtime to repel the persistent challenge of Immediate Action (David Russell) by one and a half lengths.

Tom Costello saddled 6-4 favourite You Know Best (Dermot Costello) and 5-1 shot Silver Lake (Tony Costello) in the open lightweight.

Favourite backers knew their fate early and the 'jolly' was pulled up with a mile to go. Meanwhile Silver Lake was dictating matters upfront and kept finding more to beat local runner Donickmore (Eoin Gallagher).

The Acapulco Step (4-1 to 5-2) landed some nice bets to win the Gain Mares maiden in the hands of Damien Murphy.

Reigning Irish Field Champion Jockey John Thomas McNamara rode two winners at Killaloe, Co. Clare. He was successful on Michael Hourigan's The Sawdust Kid in the winners of one and followed up when Thady's Remedy was left clear when Fergus Hanley and Carnmore Supreme parted company at the final fence in the mares' open. Philip O'Brien steered

It's All A Chance to win

the five and six-year-old maiden.

Galway owner Martin Cullinane collected the seven-year-old and upwards geldings' maiden with Super Shogun, while Hush Dancer and Rossy Orchestra also visited the winner's enclosure.

Lord Bargy took division one of the farmers' open at Ashford, near Bray, while Practician won part two.

There was a dead-heat in the Powers Gold Label qualifier between Mister Softie (Brian Hamilton) and Head The Ball (Alan Cash), while Liz Doyle won the six and seven-year-old geldings' maiden on Take Caution.

James Sheehan rattled off three winners at Kilworth, near Fermoy on Saturday. He was victorious on Mucky Man (open lightweight), Canyoubatim (five and six-year-old geldings' maiden) and Silver Seed (division one of the mares' maiden). Private Pete (John Berry) won the seven-year-old and upwards geldings' maiden. Other winners were There Tis For Ya (Damien Murphy) Templenoe Hare (Paul Crowley) and Electric Bridge (Eoin Gallagher).
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Gleeson, Brian
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 29, 2000
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