Tuesday 12 December 2017

Happy memories from last year will drive Codd on

Mayglass Jamie Codd returns to the Festival with memories of last year's two victories fresh in his mind.

Wins in the four-mile National Hunt Chase on board Cause of Causes, and on The Package in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup, wrote Codd into the headlines, and established him as a part of Prestbury Park's racing history.

This year he is booked to ride Noble Endeavour in the National Hunt Chase for trainer Gordon Elliott, the same pairing that took last year's race.

One of his main rivals in the race is the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Minella Rocco, who will be ridden by Codd's familiar point-to-point sparring partner, Derek O'Connor.

Minella Rocco is as low as 9/2 for the four-miler after he finished a close second in the Reynoldstown Novices' Chase at Ascot on his last start in February.

As it stands, Elliott has stated the owners' intentions to run Cause of Causes in the Kim Muir, and it would be fantastic to see local man Codd triumph again.

He is currently joint-top of the market at odds of 6/1. Waterford trainer Henry De Bromhead runs Aupcharlie in the Foxhunters' Chase, and he would really fancy his chances going into battle with Codd on board.

Kiltealy trainer Colin Bowe's Shantou Flyer is another exciting Wexford interest at this year's Festival.

The six-year-old won four times from five starts between late July and mid-November, scoring at Cheltenham and winning a Grade Two prize at Punchestown.

He was given some time off after failing to make an impact in the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse in November and Bowe feels the break has done him good ahead of his return.

He holds entries in the four-miler (National Hunt Chase) as well as the RSA Chase, however, Bowe has indicated that the National Hunt Chase is the more likely destination.

Wexford People

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