Continuing the trend of recent years, Irish Point-to-Point graduates continued to set records last season, winning close to 1,400 races in the UK and Ireland, including no less than 67 Graded races, up from 59 a year earlier.
Those successes came on the biggest of stages in the sport at all of the Spring Festivals, with no fewer than one in every four horses who ran at the Cheltenham Festival in March having begun their careers between the flags in Ireland.
Whilst the winners of the Aintree and Irish Nationals, the Irish Champion Hurdle, and 11 other Grade 1s having also all made their first foray into competitive action in a Point-to-Point field across the length and breadth of the island of Ireland.
Following on from last year’s 12 to follow list which produced the likes of Bacardys who finished placed in the Grade 1 Champion Bumper at both the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals, Invitation Only, a Punchestown Festival winner, and the unbeaten Lucky Pass, we will once again look to highlight 12 of the most exciting four-year-olds that we witnessed between the flags last season who have not yet made their debuts inside the rails.
|16 Apr 2017:||Cork - Corkracecourse.ie (pro/am) Flat Race (2m 3f)|
|17 Mar 2017:||Wexford - Wexford (pro/am) Flat Race (2m 4f)|
|28 Jan 2017:||Naas - Tipper Road (Pro/Am) Flat Race (2m 3f)|
|29 Dec 2016:||Leopardstown - Donohoe Marquees Flat Race (2m)|
|11 Dec 2016:||Punchestown - Old House, Kill (pro/am) Flat Race (2m)|
Cesar Collonges (FR)
Drovers Lane (UNR)
Espoir De Teillee (FR)
|2 Apr 2017:||Fairyhouse - Hire2k Beginners Chase (2m 1f)|
|18 Feb 2017:||Gowran Park - www.gowranpark.ie Beginners Chase (2m 4f)|
|1 Jan 2017:||Fairyhouse - Happy New Year Maiden Hurdle (2m 4f)|
|18 Dec 2016:||Navan - Irish Stallion Owners E.B.F. Maiden Hurdle (2m)|
|27 Nov 2016:||Navan - I.n.h. Stallion Owners E.B.F. Maiden Hurdle (2m)|
Minella Till Dawn
|26 Feb 2017:||Naas - Paddy Power Track My Bet (pro/am) Flat Race (2m)|
|20 Nov 2016:||Cork - Follow Us On Twitter (pro/am) Flat Race (2m)|
|17 Oct 2016:||Roscommon - Thanks For Supporting Roscommon Racecourse Flat Race (2m)|
|17 Apr 2017:||Fairyhouse - Ryans Cleaning Event Specialists Flat Race (2m)|
|18 Dec 2016:||Navan - 'future Champions' Flat Race (listed) (2m)|
|20 Nov 2016:||Punchestown - Bradys Ham Supporting Kildare Gaa (pro/am) Flat Race (2m)|