James rides fine double
Apart from Jamie Codd's history-making double at the United Hunt meeting in Ballynoe, Co. Cork, on St. Patrick's Day, reigning novice champion jockey, Robbie James from Killanne, also rode a double.
He was on Invitation Only (Flemensfirth-Norabelle) for the Monbeg Syndicate, trained by Seán Thomas Doyle, in the four-year-old maiden, and on Timo (Alhaarth-Tracker) in the five-year-old mares' maiden, trained by Colin Bowe for Patrick F. O'Brien.
At the Iveagh Harriers meeting in Co. Down on Saturday, Jamie Codd won the four-year-old maiden for Gordon Elliott on Baltazar D'Allier, from Semper Fortis, ridden by Barry O'Neill for Colin Bowe. O'Neill still leads the Northern area championship on twelve winners, but is now only two ahead of Codd and O'Connor.
At the Duhallow Foxhounds meeting at Liscarroll, Co. Cork, Denis Murphy had a winner in Stowaway Magic, ridden by D.L. Queally for Maria Byrne, and the same partnership won with Inchiquin All-Star in the five- and six-year-old geldings race at the Galway Blazers meeting near Athenry, with J.P. O'Rourke doing the steering.
Murphy was pipped into second in the opener there when Thomas F. O'Sullivan's Shambougg (O'Rourke again riding), was beaten by another Wexford horse, Soupa Soup, ridden by P.J. O'Neill for Donnchadh Doyle and the Monbeg Syndicate.
Derek O'Connor got two winners in Athenry, and matched Jamie Codd's five over the week to maintain his lead in the riders' championship, 58 to 51, with Barry O'Neill on 29 and Robbie James on ten. In the trainers' table, Colin Bowe leads on 17, from Robert Tyner on 15, Gordon Elliott on 14, and the hard-charging Donnchadh Doyle on 12; his brother, Seán Thomas Doyle, has had six winners.
The point-to-point season continues until the Bank Holiday Monday on June 1, but the action in the south-east area concludes on Sunday with the Bree Foxhounds meeting at Monksgrange, Rathnure.