Codd bags five-timer at Punchestown marathon

THERE were no less than 12 races and 168 runners at Saturday’s rescheduled Kildare Hunt point-to-point meeting at Punchestown racecourse and Jamie Codd had an afternoon to savour with a whopping five winners.

Codd got off the mark aboard Trevor Horgan’s newcomer Up Ou That (7/2) in a competitive first division of the two and a half mile four-year-old maiden. The pacesetting Perfect Smile, trained by John Halley, still held the call when exiting two out and Paul (PP) Moloney’s filly Kempinski was then left in front.

The eventual winner however made his way to the front on the approach to the last and he held a half-length advantage over Promising Anshan when Sean Doyle’s charge fell here.

There was only going to be on outcome on the flat with Up Ou That beating Kempinski by some two and a half lengths.

Codd then came to the rescue of favourite backers by guiding Philip Dempsey’s even-money shot Turn Up to victory in the confined hunt farmers race.

Patiently-ridden, Turn Up responded to pressure to hit the front on the approach to the last, although his task was surely simplified somewhat when the pursuing Itsabluelookout crashed out here. Turn Up ultimately dispensed with the mare Roseintheheather by two lengths.

The south Co Wexford amateur joined forces with David O’Brien to collect the second split of the winners of one with Vvforvictory (4/1), a facile maiden victor at Tinahely last month. Vvforvictory took up the running before the final of the 13 obstacles, the German-bred ultimately accounting for Nedzer’s Return by two lengths.

Peter Maher’s Classofhisown (4/1), a remote fifth on his previous start at Tyrella, provided Codd with his penultimate success of the day by bravely edging out Rayfield Lad in the first part of the seven and eight-year-old maiden.

Vinny Keane’s ex-track performer Total Sentiment (7/4), runner-up on his previous foray at Nenagh, needed all of Codd’s considerable strength to force a dead-heat with the long-absent Willie Jump John (5/2), the mount of Gerry Mangan, in the second instalment of this same older horses’ maiden.

It was a red-letter occasion for Fiona Dowling and similarly Micheal Nolan as the pair both attained their initial career success in the plate.

Fiona Dowling, who led up Gordon Elliot’s Silver Birch when he won the 2007 Aintree Grand National, landed the novice riders open aboard veteran Dublin Hunter (3/1). Trained by the aforementioned Elliot, the former four-time park winner Dublin Hunter led from the fourth fence to repel the flattering Walkin Aisy by two and a half lengths.

Nolan, who works with ‘Dusty’ Sheehy, teamed up with Mullinavat-based Sean Walsh to collect the third section of the six-year-old maiden on Twas No Mistake (8/1). Absent since pulling up at Horse And Jockey last March, Twas No Mistake made all the running with the son of Rashar valiantly pulling out more in the closing stages to keep Roley at bay by a half-length.

Oliver McKiernan’s five-year-old Spot The Boss (3/1) supplemented last month’s facile Kilfeacle maiden success by returning to the coveted number one slot with Roger Quinlan in the first heat of the winners of one. Spot The Boss went to the head of affairs after three out, the triumphant grey staying on resolutely to dismiss Moscow Johnny by three lengths.

In-form handler Colin Bowe supplied rider Bon O’Neill with two winners, the opening leg of the duo’s brace coming courtesy of Ballinesker (3/1) in the first division of the six-year-old maiden. Whilst losing some momentum before the last, Ballinesker still beat Manthatwasclose by a neck, much to the delight of owners, the Foxy Glen Syndicate.

Davy Boy Legend (3/1) completed the Bowe/O’Neill two-timer in the second split of this same contest, but the grey definitely had luck on his side. This is so as Michael Cunningham’s physically-imposing newcomer Rocklet held an unassailable eight-length advantage when cruelly sustaining an extremely heavy final fence fall with Colin Motherway.

Turn Up’s trainer Philip Dempsey was also in double form as he sent out Abbey Lane (6/1) to make a successful debut with Brian O’Connell in the second part of the four-year-old maiden.

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