John Barry generated plenty of chat with the never-say-die ride he gave Swatow Typhoon at Ballindenisk
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John Barry justifiably had people talking after the ride he gave P J Colville's Swatow Typhoon to land the Commercial Vehicle Components Ltd 5-y-o geldings' maiden at the United Hunt Club point-to-point at Ballindenisk last Sunday.
Supporters of the Shantou gelding would have had good reason to discard their betting tickets on last season's Tralee runner-up. However Barry wasn't taking no for an answer.
The Conna, County Cork pilot explained: "I had to get after him for a mile and a half. He's tough, the ground was testing and he just kept galloping. He jumped great and he just got up on the line.
"He's a big horse that'll make a fine staying chaser. The ground was testing enough but it was loose and they were getting through it.
"I'm with Sam Curling now. I started off with Michael Hourigan and I was there for two years. I rode a couple of winners for him.
"Sam has about twenty three-year-olds to run after Christmas so it's fairly busy.
"I'm there every day bar Thursday. It varies where I go that day.
"Ken (Whelan) is there too and it's a busy place to work.
"I rode my winners for Michael Hourigan point-to-pointing but I have ridden winners on the track as well.
"I won a hurdle race for Brian Moran in Ballinrobe (on Fortune Seeker) and I won a hurdle race in Limerick the summer just gone for Karl Thornton on a horse called Bearly Legal.
"I have two bumper winners too, one for Brian Hamilton (Grace N' Favour) and one for Bob Murphy (Whatareyousaying).
"Things are not going too bad for me in the point-to-points, Sunday's winner being my third of the season." (EM)