History-maker Codd chasing jockeys’ title

JAMIE CODD enjoyed the celebrations that followed his history-making point-to-point achievement of going through the card at Tinahely on Sunday, but it’s back to business now as he pursues a coveted jockeys’ title.

While three other amateur pilots had ridden six winners at a point-to-point meeting – Adrian Maguire and Mark O’Hare managed the feat on occasions when there were more than six races on the programme – John Berry at Caim in 1988 was the only one to go through the card until Codd finally did it on Sunday.

The experience of failing in the final race at Loughbrickland last year and Lingstown a few years ago, certainly stood to the 29-year-old.

“I always knew it was a big deal,” said Codd yesterday.

“You don’t think you’re going to do it until you get onto the fifth winner and then you’re dreaming.

“Your brain starts to think a little bit but not too much to be honest. It was gonna happen or it wasn’t. I’ve been in the situation before when I’ve had five winners in a day but I haven’t gotten over the line.

“When you’re going out for the last race, you start to think that maybe it could happen but you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself either. You could be on your backside very quick in this game.”

The day wasn’t without incident and Codd concedes he had a huge slice of luck on his side. He had booted home Dawn Commander for his brother William, According to Trey for Denis Murphy and Gordon Elliott’s 2011 Grand National runner Backstage by the time it came to the Winners’ of One.

It looked like he would have to settle for second best on the Liam Kenny-trained Instant Dream when the leader fell, leaving him to skate home.

Pat Coffey gave him the leg up on Dromrua Lass to make it five and it was the Sean Osborne-trained Some Dude on which all hopes of glory hinged.

“He only won a neck. He kind of slipped on the bend turning in and I missed the second last a bit but he was a willing partner and he battled well.”

The party was a good one but having just fallen short in the race for the jockeys’ title with Derek O’Connor despite riding 104 winners, Codd is eager to come out on top this season.

“We’re very, very good friends at the back of it but when it comes down to it you want to win. After last year when it was so tight, it kind of eggs you on for this year and you’ve an extra bit of incentive to get over the line.

“That’s why you get up in the cold, bitter mornings. It’s nice to get over the line and it would mean a lot to win a jockeys’ title. Touch wood we’ll stay sound and definitely give it a rattle.”

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