Wednesday 17 January 2018

Codd claims four-timer

A four-timer from Jamie Codd at Oldcastle on Sunday was the undoubted highlight for Wexford connections on a busy weekend of point-to-point action.

Codd got off to a flyer, steering Ballagh trainer Denis Paul Murphy's Lisheen Prince to victory in the opening race with the nicely-bred newcomer scoring well.

Codd doubled his tally in the third race with a comfortable victory on board the Sam Curling-trained Ross Na Righ.

The Mayglass man was back in the winners' enclosure after the next race, scoring on board second favourite Mullinavat. His job was made easier by the fall of the favourite, De Plotting Shed, at the second-last just as he was being produced to challenge the eventual winner.

In the following race he racked up his four-timer when the consistent Mattara got his deserved success here for owner/trainer Derek Pugh.

There was further Wexford success at Stradbally on Sunday with Rob James riding two winners.

The Ballindaggin rider was successful aboard Cooper's Friend in a tight finish which was decided by the judges' camera, with Colin Bowe's Kayf Tara gelding getting the verdict having raced prominently throughout. Winning connections report that he is now sales-bound.

James doubled up aboard Longreinjayne for trainer Paul Pierce. The winner had to survive a very bad mistake at the second-last, but even despite that mistake the Arcadio mare had plenty left in the tank and was a class above her rivals here. Connections will likely send her to the sales now.

Rostoonstown trainer Vincent Devereux also tasted success at the meeting with the S.E. O'Rourke-ridden I Wonder Why landing the prize. The well-backed odds-on favourite had to pull out all the stops to record his third win of the season. This looks a game sort having battled back determinedly after being headed at the last.

At the Ballyarthur meeting, Barry O'Neill was on board as Celtic Flames sprung a mild surprise. The Donnchadh Doyle-trained and Monbeg Syndicate-owned horse led from two out and forged clear to win nicely. He will most likely go to the Punchestown sales.

The previous day Jamie Codd was also among the winners, with Born Survivor landing the opening race at Ballymena. He teamed up with his brother, Willie, with the useful-looking son of Kings Theatre who quickened clear in a bunch finish to score comfortably.

Northern region leader Barry O'Neill didn't have a winner to his name but did record two seconds at the Ballymena track.

After the weekend's action Jamie Codd sits on 61 winners, 13 behind leader Derek O'Connor on 74, with Barry O'Neill back in third on 35.

In the trainers' table Colin Bowe is two ahead of Donnchadh Doyle, with 21 and 19 winners respectively.

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