Codd close to 700 winners
Ups and downs of racing experienced on home soil
Jamie Codd experienced the ups and downs of the horse racing world at the Killinick Harriers point-to-point meeting at sun-splashed Lingstown, Tomhaggard, on Sunday. He had two winners but he also had a fall from a favourite when in with every chance at the last fence.
Killinick Harriers Meeting
This double success, along with a win at the East Down meeting up north on Saturday, brought Codd within sight of a notable landmark - he is now on 698 career winners and will be hoping to break the amazing 700 mark next weekend.
The Killinick Harriers meeting was blessed with great weather and drew quite a good attendance, in spite of the major counter-attraction posed by the hurling and football double bill between Wexford and Limerick at Innovate Wexford Park.
Secretary Aileen Cardiff was happy with how the day went, and she and Hunt and point-to-point Chairman Jimmy Devereux and Master, Johnnie Roche, thanked all the landowners for providing facilities, their sponsors and all the many volunteers who made the event a success once more.
The seven-race card began with the Home Instead Senior Care four-year-old maiden, and Jamie Codd started on a winning note on Grangewood (Central Park-Top of the Class), owned by his fiancée Robyn O'Sullivan and trained by Denis Murphy in Oulart.
He finished strongly to hold off Sutton Manor, the favourite, by four lengths. This was ridden by Barry O'Neill for Colin Bowe from Kiltealy, owned by the Milestone Racing Partnership. Third was Back Door Johnny, ridden by J.J. Slevin, for Marie and J.P. Brennan.
O'Neill turned the tables in race two, The Mary Barry's Seafood Bar and Restaurant five-year-old mares' maiden. He got home by two and a half lengths on Three Hail Mary's (Beneficial-Calomeria), trained by Colin Bowe for the Halley Clan Syndicate.
Codd was second on P.G. Coffey's Lough Derg Cruise and third just one length back was the David M. O'Brien trained Mirs Choice, ridden by R.M. Cody.
Race three was the Slaney Foods International five-year-old geldings' maiden, and here Codd saw the other side of the racing game - he was very much in contention when falling at the last on favourite Monsieur Murphy. This left Current Exchange (Cloudings-Peazar) clear, under B.M. Linehan for Edmond Kent from Cork.
Barry O'Neill finished second again, on Brendan Walsh's Fire and Smoke, trained by Colin Bowe, and third was Robin de Souza, ridden by J.P. O'Rourke for Seán Finn.
Race four was the Casey Enterprises race for four-year-olds plus and was run over the famous Lingstown banks course. It was won by leading jumps trainer Gordon Elliott, with his Current Exchange (Beneficial-Musical Millie), ridden by Tim Donworth.
Second two lengths back was the battling Theroadtocroker, ridden by J.P. O'Rourke for trainer Denis Murphy and owner Marie Byrne. This was a repeat of the banks result at the Killinick Harriers meeting last November. Third was the Mark Scallan (Cleariestown)-ridden Elembridge King, trained by John Martin Walsh and owned by Seán Connick.
Race five was the Rostoonstown Stud event for winners of one, and it produced Codd's second success, getting home by just half a length on the Jim Dreaper-trained Lord Fingal (Brian Boru-Line Jade), owned by Elaine O'Farrell.
He was pushed all the way by Eddie Keating on Corrigs, trained by Edward Keating and owned by Michael Corcoran, all from Nash in south Wexford, who was well clear of James and Vincent Devereux's I Wonder Why, ridden by Seán O'Rourke.
There was a big entry for the final event on the card, the Ire-Wel Pallets six-year-old maiden and this was divided. Winner of Division 1 was Mountain Eagle (Mountain High-Ceart Go Leor), trained by Eoin Doyle in Mooncoin, Kilkenny, for The Craic Syndicate, ridden by P.D. Collins. He was helped when Cool Lad fell at the last and the Eagle stayed on stoutly.
Second just a length behind was Franko's Island for the Murphy clan from nearby Duncormick; it was ridden by Gary, trained by Ashleigh and owned by Michael. Third was Jamie Codd on Alittlebitless, trained by Kieran Roche near Camolin and owned by Michael Kenny.
Division 2 was the final event on the card and it was a triumph for the Slevin family. It was a battle of the joint favourites and the winner was Conas Taoi (Exit to Nowhere-Zudika), ridden by J.J. Slevin, trained by his father Shea at Kiltrea, Enniscorthy, and owned by Elizabeth Slevin. J.J. got a good jump from his mount at the last and this probably clinched it.
Second, just three-quarters of a length behind, was Master Jake, ridden by J.P. O'Rourke for Seán Finn, and third was Mark Scallan on Applesandpierres, trained by G.M. Doyle for Janelle Kirwan.
The south-east action moves to the North Kilkenny Foxhounds meeting at Ballyraggett on Sunday.