Double for champ Codd
Nolan claims main feature event in Moorfields meeting
The Wexford Hunt ran their annual winter point-to-point meeting at Moorfields, Ballinaboola, on Sunday and the day was an outstanding success, with over 80 horses taking part in the seven races on the card. A good crowd enjoyed the racing in cold but sunny weather, the blinding sun actually causing some of the fences to be dolled off for the last race.
Reigning point-to-point champion jockey, Jamie Codd, scored a winning double in the first two races, and Paul Nolan won the day's feature event, the €1,000 Ballywalter Farms open lightweight race, with Noble Prince, the veteran 11-year-old who won the Jewson Novice Chase at Cheltenham in 2011. Owned by Gerard A. Spain, Noble Prince won by five lengths under G.A. Spain.
Codd won the opening race, the Arctic Tack Stud maiden for five-year-old geldings, on Delusion of Grandeur, trained by G.T. Hourigan from Carrick-on-Suir. He came in five lengths clear of Thady Quill, owned and trained by Róisín Hickey, and ridden by R.P. Quinlan.
He had to fight much harder to complete the double in the next race, the Tattersalls five- and six-year-old mares' maiden, but this was a local success. Codd got home by half a length on Yes I Did, trained by Pierce Michael Power from the Hook area of Fethard, holding Conquer Gold, ridden by R. James.
Power is one of the famous equestrian dynasty that includes Captain Con Power, former international showjumping star, and horse trainer. Con's son, Robbie, is one of Ireland's most successful jockeys. Interestingly, the dam of Yes I Did, called Younevertoldme, provided Robbie with his first-ever winner on the track a good few years ago.
The Nolan Transport six-year-old geldings' maiden brought another local success. Mark Scallan from Cleariestown was a clear winner on Fair Quest, owned by the Four Boys syndicate, and trained by Michael John Murphy from Kilmore. Second was Macconkey, ridden by Harley Dunne and trained by Jonathan Fogarty in Cleariestown.
The Slaney Foods winner of three for five-year-olds and upwards, was won by Court Frontier, ridden by J.J. Fitzpatrick and trained at the Curragh by Alan Fleming for prominent owner, Barry Connell. It was a productive hour or so for Connell as his Foxrock, trained by T.V. pundit Ted Walsh, won the Leopardstown Chase at the Dublin track around the same time.
The big entry for the Mythen Construction seven-year-old plus maiden caused it to be divided into two divisions, and Division 1 brought an emotional win for Always Dreaming, ridden by Barry O'Neill and trained by Darragh Brennan. Always Dreaming got up by a length and was owned by the executors of the late Larry Doyle, a great racing man from Killowen, Gorey, who died at the end of October.
Racing had started with a Tipperary winner, and it ended the same way with Division 2 going to Biddy's Dream, owned by Brendan Keeshan, ridden by Donal Skehan and trained at Cloughjordan by Willie Austin. He had plenty to spare over Worthcominghomefor, owned and trained by William P. Murphy.
The Wexford Hunt use this day to say thanks to all the landowners who allow them to use their lands over the year, and many of them turned up to enjoy the racing and some hospitality.
They are also grateful to the landowners of the track who are so helpful, and to all those who worked so hard to make the day such a success.
All the details
12.30 p.m., €800 Arctic Tack Stud Maiden for five-year-old geldings over three miles: 1, Delusion of Grandeur, 5 yo BG, by Mahler-Olivia Rose, owned by G. Hourigan, trained by G.T. Hourigan, ridden by Jamie Codd; 2, Thady Quill, 5 yo Ch G., owned and trained by Róisín Hickey, ridden by R.P. Quinlan; 3, Hey Bill, 5 yo BG, owned by Wayne Kehoe, trained by David V. O'Brien, ridden by Harley Dunne; 4, Robin de Souza, 5 yo BG, owned and trained by Seán Finn, ridden by J.P. O'Rourke. Dists.: 5l, 3l, 15l.
1 p.m., €800 Tattersalls Ireland five- and six-year-old mares' maiden over three miles: 1, Yes I Did, BM by Craigsteel- Younevertoldme, owned by Alexandria Gardner, trained by Pierce Michael Power, ridden by Jamie Codd; 2, Conquer Gold, 5 yo B, owned by Monbeg Syndicate, trained by Seán Thomas Doyle, ridden by R. James; 3, Escapefromthedark. 6 yo C.M., owned by Paul R. O'Neill, trained by Kieran Purcell, ridden by R.M. Cody; 4, Katie Byrne, 6 yo BM, owned by Brian Kenny, trained by Colin Bowe, ridden by Barry O'Neill. Dists.: neck, 15l, 21/2 l.
1.30 p.m., €800 Nolan Transport six-year-old geldings' maiden over three miles: 1, Fair Quest, 6 yo BG, by Gold Well- Little Hand, owned by Four Boyos Syndicate, trained by Michael John Murphy, ridden by Mark Scallan; 2, Maconkey, 6 yo BG, owned by Martin Gilmore, trained by Jonathan M. Fogarty, ridden by Harley Dunne; 3, Epic Warrior, 6 yo BG,owned by Natasha Langan, trained by William P. Murphy, ridden by J.C. Barry; 4, Nashville Tommy, 6 yo BG, owned by Michael Corcoran, trained by Edward P. Keating, ridden by E.P. Keating. Dists.: 15l, 3l, 5l. 2 3 4 5 6
2 p.m., €800 Slaney Foods winner of three for five-year-olds and upwards over three miles: 1, Court Frontier, 7 yo BG, by Court Cave-Dame En Rouge, owned by Barry Connell, trained by Alan Fleming, ridden by J.J. Fitzpatrick; 2, Corrigs, 7 yo BG, owned by Michael Corcoran, trained by Edward P. Keating, ridden by E.P. Keating; 3, Gullivar, 8 yo BR G., owned by Michael Rafter, trained by John O. Clifford, ridden by B. O'Neill; 3, Skip A Beat Kid, 6 yo BG, owned by Marie Brennan, trained by J.P. Brennan, ridden by Harley Dunne. Dists.: 5l, 4l, dead heat for third and fourth.
2.30 p.m., €1,000 Ballywalter Farms Open Lightweight Race for five-year-olds and upwards, maidens excluded, over three miles: 1, Noble Prince, 11 yo BG, by Montjeu-Noble Pearl, owned by Gerard Anthony Spain, trained by Paul Nolan, ridden by G.A. Spain (5); 2, Lule Kyle, 7 yo BG, owned by Noel Dempsey, trained by John Patrick Walsh, ridden by A.J. Walsh (5); 3, Cork Citizen, 7 yo BG, owned and trained by Eugene M. O'Sullivan, ridden by M. O'Sullivan; 4, Jack Aboo, 9 yo BG, owned by Richard Cavanagh, trained by Ciarán M. Murphy, ridden by S. Cavanagh. Dists.: 5l, 4l, 6l.
3 p.m., Division 1 €800 Mythen Construction seven-year-old plus maiden over three miles: 1, Always Dreaming, 7 yo BG, Golden Times-Esther's Dream, owned by Exors of the late Larry Doyle, trained by Darragh Brennan, ridden by Barry O'Neill; 2, Master Jake, 7 yo BG, owned and trained by Seán Finn, ridden by J.P. O'Rourke; 3, Bob Conley, 7 yo BG, owned by John P. Dwan, trained by M.P. Sunderland, ridden by Jamie Codd; 4, The Bun Ditch, 7 yo BG, owned by Two Six Six Syndicate, trained by Diarmuid Deegan, ridden by N.J. Redmond. Dists.: 1l, 12l, 2l.
3.30 p.m., Division 2 €800 Mythen Construction seven-year-old plus maiden over three miles: 1, Biddy's Dream, 7 yo BG, by Luso-Princess Eugenia, owned by Brendan Keeshan, trained by W.J. Austin, ridden by D. Skehan; 2, Worthcominghomefor, 7 yo BM, owned and trained by William P. Murphy, ridden by J.C. Barry; 3, Tincurra, 7 yo BG, owned and trained by Jim O'Keeffe, ridden by E.P. Keating; 4, Tango Louvo, 8 yo Ch G., owned by Avril Barry, trained by Aidan Fitzgerald, ridden by R. Deegan. Dists.: 10l, 1/2l, 15l.