James, Codd win on double
Good day at Monksgrange
The Bree Hunt meeting at the Monksgrange course in Rathnure on Sunday went off very well despite some thundery showers, and produced riding doubles for Rob James from Killanne and Jamie Codd on a day dominated by Wexford connections.
The whole process will be repeated on Saturday next as the Bree Hunt has been allocated an additional fixture, to compensate for quite a few cancellations around the country since Christmas.
James' first came in the Connolly's Red Mills five-year-old geldings' maiden when Predict a Riot, owned and trained by Tom Keating, Tipperary, was a comfortable winner despite the downpour and thunder and lighning during the race. Second was Drimsree Lad, ridden by J.J. O'Neill for Seán Byrne from Kildare, with Barry O'Neill third on Don't Be Short for Colin Bowe.
James completed his double in the next on the consistent Minmore Oscar, owned and trained by William P. Murphy from Rathoe in Carlow, in the Nitrofert five-year-old mares' maiden. Harry O'Neill was second for the Casey Brothers Syndicate, with Eddie Keating (Gusserane) taking third on Roy Tector's Turndownthevolume.
Codd had two winners and a second in the first three races and then left for Fairyhouse to ride 6/4 favourite, Narcissistic, for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House in the €100,000 bumper, but his trip did not end in further success as he finished seventh.
He opened with a great ride on That'll Do for David Harry Kelly from Tipperary in the Ire-Wel Pallets and Farm Shop Enniscorthy four-year-old mares' maiden. He came through from the back to snatch it on the line by a head, from Bloodstream for the Murphys, John H. and Miriam, with Barry O'Neill third on Aunt Eva for Colin Bowe.
Codd had an easier time in the Cooney Furlong Winner of Two race, scoring nicely on Sizing Chile for the strong Jim Dreaper-Alan Potts pairing. Mark Scallan was second here on Teds Island for John Martin Walsh (Duncormick) and owner John Redmond, with Elaine Lawlor third on Tom Keating's Have A Go Hero.
Codd had to accept second in the Tattersalls Ire. four-year-old geldings' maiden behind a debutant favourite for Colin Bowe, Fitzhenry (Flemenfirth-She Took a Tree), which always travelled well under Barry O'Neill. Codd was on his brother, Willie's, Its Obvious, and third was Paul Nolan's Cut Pretender, ridden by Declan Lavery.
The day finished on a high note for Denis Moore from Grange, Kilmore Quay, when Bob Barn (Heron Island-Barn Native) gave him his second owner/trainer success of the season under Benny Walsh in the 18-runner Slaney Foods International older geldings' maiden. Second was Bibo Bagins for Adrian Murray and third was Coach Road, ridden by M.T. Slevin for William and Daryl Deacon from Clonroche.
And so, it is back to Monksgrange on Saturday for another instalment with a six-race card consisting of an open lightweight race, and maidens for four-year-olds, five-year-olds and mares and geldings, and six-year-old mares and geldings.