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Friday 18 October 2019

Point-to-point in Killinick Sunday

with DICK WHITE THE KILLINICK Harriers take centre stage on the point-to-point fixture list on Sunday next with the staging of their Autumn fixture. Racing opens at 12 noon with a four-yearold mares and geldings maiden.

With the ground most likely to be on the quick side of good, racing continues for a couple of restricted races for five-year-old mares and another one for geldings of the same age.

As is always the case at Lingstown, the banks course will be in operation with the open lightweight race the fourth contest on the card. This will be followed by a winners of two, which is likely to be very competitive, followed by a maiden race for older horses over six years of age.

Jamie Codd will be on home territory with this local meeting and it will be interesting to see just how many winners he can boot home at his local track. Point-to-point enthusiasts are to be reminded that the Island Hunt will race on November 13 at Ballydarragh and the Wexford Foxhounds go into battle on November 20 at the new track at Moorefields, Ballinaboola.

REVIEW OF THE WEEK

Aidan O'Brien got 'Fame And Glory' back to top form last weekend with a fine victory in the Group 3 Long Distance Cup at Ascot. The 3/1 shot led for most of the journey under Jamie Spencer to cast away all the doubts that surrounded him following his last two defeats. He is likely to return to action next season at Ascot for the Gold Cup.

O'Brien was a little unlucky not to record a fine double at the track as his New Zealand import, 'So You Think', was touched off in the Champions Stakes. He may well travel on to the Breeders Cup later next month.

On the home front, O'Brien took the Listed Navigation Stakes at Cork on Saturday with 'Look At Me'. Ridden by Joseph, the three-year-old daughter of 'Danehill Dancer' stayed on well to gain this black type victory.

Earlier in the week the same partnership of O'Brien Snr. and Jnr. took the Staffordstown Stud stakes, another listed contest , at The Curragh with 'Homecoming Queen'. This daughter of 'Holy Roman Emperor' was well supported into 5/2 and easily won her race.

Over jumps, Declan Bates conjured up a fine win on 'Knockieran' at Limerick on October 9. Riding the nine-year-old 'Oscar' mare for James Finn, Bates kept the mare under pressure to get up and lead by the line.

He further added to his tally on Saturday when winning on 'Paddy O Dee'. This sixyear-old of 'Kasakov' is trained in Tinahely by Bates' boss, Phillip Rothwell, and won in a tight finish at 6/1.

Racing in the colours of Oliver Barden, this British-bred horse has been running well of late and continues to thrive.

Lest we forget, Jim Bolger took a twoyear-old maiden at Cork on Saturday with Rory Cleary riding 'Alla Speranza'.

This daughter of 'Sir Percy' races in the familiar colours of Kirsten Rausing and could be a real star for next year.

BETWEEN THE FLAGS

Following the exploits of Jamie Codd at Shillelagh, we only have one further winner to report on over the same weekend.

Interestingly enough, it turns out to be the self-same man, Jamie Codd, who took the mares' maiden at Taylorstown.

Codd was riding 'Wee Doll' for Gordon Elliott and the ' Sonus' six-year-old mare stayed on well to record her maiden victory at the Newry hunt meeting on October 8. Codd's phenomenal weekend puts him at the head of affairs in the leading riders title for the season with nine winners already to his credit after just three weekend's racing.

His six-timer at Shillelagh was an extraordinary achievement that had last been achieved 23 years ago in Ireland.

Interestingly, it was our own John Berry who did this at Caim all those years ago.

Codd has now moved onto the 458-winner mark over his career which puts him in third place behind Derek O'Connor and John Thomas McNamara in the all-time winners list.

His win which culminated in a victory on 'Some Dude' marks Codd out as one of the finest point-to-point riders ever produced in Wexford, let alone in Ireland.

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