GAIN Mares Series 2018/19 Launch
GAIN Equine Nutrition are delighted to sponsor the GAIN Mares Series again this coming 2018/2019 point-to-point season, which kicks off with the Kilkenny point-to-point on Sunday November 4th. The Series has been running for almost 3 decades and covers 21 legs in 7 counties, with the much coveted final taking place in Ballynoe, Co. Cork on Sunday March 31st 2019.
Colin Bowe’s yard in Kiltealy, Co. Wexford provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s series launch. Colin, who was crowned Champion Handler last season with 34 winners, is sure to be very competitive over the coming months having acquired a yard full of potential stars over the summer. Colin is a keen supporter of the GAIN Mares Series and remarked; “the Series sets out a clear plan for mares during the season.”
GAIN along with the Ballynoe Point-to-Point committee will provide a €3,000 bonus for the winner of the final, as well as a half-tonne of feed for both second and third place in the race. The 2018 final was a competitive renewal with Milan Dancer winning by a comprehensive 6 lengths to claim the title and valuable bonus. She was trained by Co. Derry based trainer Noel C. Kelly and ridden by Northern Champion Noel McParlan – demonstrating the wide reach and appeal of the Series.
Founder and Director of Irish Point-to-Point Services Richard Pugh said; “the GAIN Mares Final has built up a reputation over the years and is a much sought after prize. This additional support will surely incentive owners to keep running mares in point to points and reward them for doing so which is so important in the current climate.”
We hope this series will give the owners of mares a real boost and encourage more people to buy and race mares in the future.
Joanne Hurley Irish Country Manager commented; “many of our valued customers raise and race horses for the point to point market and we are proud to support this valuable sector of the industry through the GAIN Mares Series initiative. We wish all connections the best of luck in the season ahead.”
Pictured at the launch was; Jockey, Rob James, Point to Point Trainer, Colin Bowe, John Hore, Business Manager GAIN Equine Nutrition and Jockey Barry O’Neill.