Twig top of the tree again for local connections

Published: 19 May 2011 13:000 comments

The Fermanagh owned and trained, Top Twig upheld local connections' confidence when winning the Donnelly Motors Open race at Necarne on Saturday.

Top Twig (left) leading over the final fence on the way to victory.

Trained at Derrylin by David Christie and owned by the Sporting Pointers Syndicate comprising a large group of Fermanagh based businessmen, the winner was achieving the feat of collecting the maximum six permitted races for the third successive season. The winning trainer also completed a 1-2 in the feature with the runner up Judge Deed being a stable companion of the winner.

Friday evening's feature supplied an Ulster success when Rowdy Rampage trained at Newry by Liam Lennon and partnered by Carol Ann Sloan took the Mahon's Hotel Lady Riders open race.

The Ulster Riders Championship was decided over the two days of racing with Jamie Codd gaining his second Northern Title with doubles on both sessions while current title holder and All Ireland Champion, Derek O'Connor recorded a four timer on Saturday with the Stewards aiding his tally when demoting the winner of the finale,

Out of the Shade trained by David Christie in favour of the favourite, Billytheship on the grounds of interference in the closing stages of the race.

Irish Champion rider, Derek O'Connor gained a degree of compensation when collecting the prize as Leading Rider at Necarne Castle when just pipping Jamie Codd for the title sponsored by the Killyhevlin Hotel.

FRIDAY EVENING RESULTS

FIRST RACE

1st Charlie's Vic [Jamie Codd] 7/2

2nd Vintage Vixon

3rd Cloch Anna

1 - 15 12 ran

SECOND RACE

1st Court In Session [Jamie Codd] 6/4 fav

2nd Down Jones Road

3rd Bear Witness

8 - 3 5 ran

THIRD RACE

1st Stone [Mark O'Hare] 10/1

2nd Seven Woods

3rd Mad Brian

4 - 1 14 ran

FOURTH RACE

1st Rowdy Rampage

[Carol Ann Sloan] 4/7 fav

2nd Doranstown Boy

3rd Judge Deed

10 - 5 5 ran

FIFTH RACE

1st Queen of The Air [Barry O'Neill] 3/1

2nd Corrag Lass

3rd Nosey Box

12 - 4 17 ran

SIXTH RACE

1st Tareesh Lady [Mark O'Hare] 2/1

2nd Run Buggy Run

3rd Aces and Queens

8 - 12 14 ran

SATURDAY RESULTS

FIRST RACE

1st Cross of Honour

[Jamie Codd] 4/1

2nd Prasina Russata

3rd Boardwalk Empire

2 - 10 14 ran

SECOND RACE

1st See Double You [RP Mc Nally] 8/1

2nd Bell On Bike

3rd Arc of Stone

3 - 15 9 ran

THIRD RACE

1st Tivnacree [Derek O'Connor] 6/1

2nd Notnowlove

3rd Imperial Joey

5 - 4 10 ran

FOURTH RACE

1st Top Twig [Derek O'Connor] 1/4 fav

2nd Judge Deed

3rd Sunny Option

1 - 20 7 ran

FIFTH RACE

1st Ballinaha Swan

[Derek O'Connor] 5/4 fav

2nd Up The Girls

3rd Farfields

1 - 5 13 ran

SIXTH RACE - DIVISION ONE

1st Ballyboker Boy

[Jamie Codd] 6/4 fav

2nd Soft Three

3rd A Good Sign

1 1/2 - 12 12 ran

DIVISION TWO

1st Billytheship

[Derek O'Connor] 4/5 fav

2nd Out of The Shade

3rd Macroger

3/4 - dist 1st & 2nd places

reversed after inquiry

12 ran

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