Codd partners consistent Venetien De Mai to Down Royal success
Mayglass jockey Jamie Codd scored a ready success on Jim Dreaper's Venitien De Mai (11/8f) in the beginners' chase at Down Royal on Wednesday. Codd had partnered Venitien De Mai to two of his four point-to-point wins.
'He's very consistent and he deserved one. He has been knocking on the door all the time,' said Dreaper afterwards. 'He looked like he would stay so we might go three miles.
'He is naturally a good jumper but it was that deep there that it looked like he was reaching for them.
'He wanted to do it though, that's the main thing.'
Young New Ross apprentice Donagh O'Connor continued to impress as he rode two winners at Dundalk on Friday night. O'Connor rode back-to-back winners when taking the six furlongs handicap on the Johnny Levins-trained Mr Right (4/1), and the first division of the seven furlongs maiden on Chewy Round Town (5/4f), trained in Cootehill, County Cavan, by Shane Donohoe.
Ballindaggin jockey Barry O'Neill won the hunters' chase at Leopardstown on Saturday with You Must Know Me (9/1) who sadly suffered a fatal injury passing the post.
Risk Of Thunder, the winner of the La Touche Cup at Punchestown on seven consecutive occasions, has died at the age of 27.
Trained by Noreen Hayes to win in both 1995 and 1996, Risk Of Thunder was in the care of Enda Bolger and ran in the colours of actor Seán Connery until his retirement in 2002 after a La Touche win under John Thomas McNamara.
McNamara said: 'He was absolutely brilliant over a bank, the best I ever rode in that regard. He was unreal around Punchestown and he was the king of there in some respects. He put banks racing on the map'.
Racing takes place at the following Irish racetracks over the coming week: Thurles, Thursday, February 11 (first race 1.25 p.m.); Dundalk, Friday, February 12 (first race 6 p.m.); Gowran Park, Saturday, February 13 (first race 1.30 p.m.), and Navan, Sunday, February 14 (first race 2 p.m.).