Derrylin horse trainer David Christie continued his winning streak at the weekend, adding another three winners to his tally for the season and moving into third spot in the Trainers Championship.

Bold Enough took the top spot at a Point To Point at Fairyhouse on Friday evening, giving the horse his fifth straight victory and taking him just two wins shy of the leading horse in Ireland.

Christie then then added two more winners at Necarne from his four runners, with Never Mind the Stranger and Winged Leader both taking top honours in their home county.

Ill health had kept Christie away from the track early in the year, but an impressive string of results has aided his recent return.

“I’m delighted with the whole season overall,” he admitted. “We had a bit of a blip there for a month because some of the horses were a bit under the weather, and when you are just five per cent off in those top races, then it puts you down, but everything seems to be back on song now.


“I think we have about seven Hunters Chase horses, which is unheard of. We usually get a few, but there is a lot of high-quality stuff there, and that is 20 winners now in the season so far.

“That put us third overall in Ireland in the Trainers Championship.”

Although he is currently riding high in the standings, Christie is cautious about his hopes of climbing higher in the rankings before the end of the season.

“I don’t think we will get the top spot, because once the ground gets quick, a few of the really quick horses will go to grass,” he revealed.

“We have been lucky because it has been wet and some of those horses have been able to continue longer than maybe they would have normally, but once the ground dries up it will be different.

“There are a lot of very good horses there and I would be looking towards next year, and wouldn’t want to be running them on quick ground.”

Races keep coming thick and fast for the yard, and they have a full schedule for the next month as they look to continue their dream season.

“On Friday it is the top Hunters Chase in Ireland at the Punchestown Festival.

“Vaucelet runs there and I am really happy with him at this moment in time,” he said. “We have a Hunters Chase at Down Royal on May Day.

“Then we have a new evening meeting at Downpatrick, and hopefully we will get something lined up for that.

“Then we will be looking to Listowel and the Hunter Chase at the end of May, and also Stratford, where we won two races last year.”