Friday 20 September 2019

Cood eyes Kim Muir hat-trick

Amateur reunited with Pipe

Cause of Causes on the gallop at Cheltenham
Cause of Causes on the gallop at Cheltenham
Tom Doyle, Aidan O Brien and Jamie Codd at the Cheltenham preview night in the Horse and Hound on Thursday

Shea Tomkins

Leading amateur Jamie Codd will reunite with trainer David Pipe as he eyes a Kim Muir hat-trick at Cheltenham on Thursday.

Cheltenham Preview

The Wexford riding hot-shot knows all about what it takes to be a winner at The Festival, and he enters this week's action confident of adding to the pair of Festival successes he already has under his belt.

First, Codd will pilot the J.P. McManus-owned Cause Of Causes in today's National Hunt Chase for trainer Gordon Elliott, while in the Foxhunter Chase on Friday, he is hopeful Liam Kenny's Vital Plot can make his mark after his recent wind operation. He has also confirmed that he will ride for Pipe in the Kim Muir, though the identity of which Pipe entry he pilots has yet to be revealed.

Codd first swooped to conquer at Cheltenham when guiding the John Quinn-trained Character Building home first in the 2009 Kim Muir and took the same race two years later on board Pipe's Junior.

'Cause Of Causes is a great ride to pick up,' Codd told last week. 'He's a good, tough handicapper and it's hard to believe he's still a novice. He's probably vulnerable to an up-and-coming novice who's less exposed, but I'm sure he'll be a great ride all the same.

'Vital Plot was second to On The Fringe in the Champion Hunters' Chase in Punchestown last year and has run in a few point-to-points during the season and won a couple. We felt his wind needed looking at so he's been cauterized and hopefully that will help him.

'I think there's three weeks between Cheltenham and Aintree this year, so the plan is to run next week and then go for the Fox Hunters' in Aintree.'

Wexford People