THERE were plenty of winners on the track for northern-connected horses in the period under review, both on the flat and over jumps.

On the level, Andy Oliver and Lee Smyth were both on the mark at Dundalk last Friday, the former saddling the Mastercraftsman colt Chaos Control to win the mile nursery in the colours of Kilkeel’s Paul Hardy.

Smyth’s win came in the following apprentice handicap over the same trip where the three-year-old Dutch Art filly Sense Of Romance won for Tyrone owners Eamon and John Donnelly.

Stuart Crawford obviously has his horses in good form as he had a point-to-point winner, Burnt Ash, at Loughbrickland on Saturday and a bumper winner, Carnfunnock, named after a local park attraction, at Ayr on Tuesday.

The latter, a four-year-old Getaway gelding who had finished third under Noel McParlan in the Goffs Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival on his only previous start, is owned by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede and was ridden at Ayr by their retained jockey, Daryl Jacob.

The Wexford native was bringing up a quick double having landed the previous three-mile handicap chase on the Karl Thornton-trained Shanroe Al C who, as his name would suggest, was once owned by Brian Smyth in whose colours he won a five-year-old geldings’ maiden at Largy in April 2018.

94 winners

Earlier on Tuesday’s Coral-sponsored card, Brian Hughes moved on to the 94-win mark for the season when landing the opening two-mile novices’ hurdle on the Nicky Richards-trained Soft Risk. On the same afternoon at Fakenham, Caoilin Quinn won the newcomers’ bumper on the Warren Greatrex-trained Gallopade.

On Saturday at Punchestown, the Patricia Hunt-owned Lunar Power won the three-year-old hurdle on his second start over jumps, while, roughly an hour later, the Danny Doran-bred Captain Conby defied his odds of 66/1 to win the near two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle.

The four-year-old Conduit gelding is the last of five recorded foals and the only runner (the others, all fillies, were never named) out of the Bob Back mare Viking Gold. This is the family of Hell’s Bay, Viking Flagship and Flagship Uberalles.

On Wednesday at Hexham, the Doran-bred Foillan won a division of the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle at Hexham. This six-year-old Le Fou gelding is the first of four recorded foals out of the unraced Milan mare Castlevannon

Elizabeth ‘Hammy’ Hamilton, who owns the above-mentioned Burnt Ash, enjoyed success as a breeder on Tuesday at Fontainebleau where Jetstream Jack won a chase. The 11-year Beneficial gelding is the best of three winners to date out of the Presenting mare Westgrove Berry.