Cheltenham in all star's plan
The Irish Point to Point fields are renowned for throwing up some future stars -- Denman and Imperial Commander roll off the tongue.
The UK scene wouldn't be such a glorified nursery for future household names, but there was a very interesting runner at the Cambridgeshire Harriers Hunt Point to Point at Cottenham last Sunday.
Cork All Star carried the colours of Cathal Ryan to win the 2007 Wetherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham for Jessica Harrington but after failing to hit the grade over hurdles, hadn't been seen for more than two years (November 2008), until running in the Point to Point field last weekend.
Now trained by Jo Quinlan, who is a sister-in-law to Irish native and current Newmarket trainer Mick Quinlan, Cork All Star is going to be aimed back at Cheltenham for the Foxhunters in March after running in a Men's Open at the Point to Point in Cambridgeshire.
Now owned by Cillian Ryan, the nine-year-old has only recently left Swordlestown Stud at Punchestown to join his new trainer.
"The aim is to run in the Open Point to Point for Men at Highham at the end of the month and then we aim to run in a Hunter Chase at Fakenham or Huntingdon," Quinlan said.
"If he qualifies we want to run him in the Christie's Foxhunters at Cheltenham and then the big Hunters Chase at Punchestown," Quinlan concluded.
Incidentally, Cork All Star was trainer Jessica Harrington's last Grade One winner before Oscars Well and Bostons Gift hit the target last month, which, considering her success in recent seasons, is a surprising fact.