The eight-year-old, a half-brother to top staying hurdler Bacchanal but considered “better over two miles” by his trainer, provided Codd with the biggest success of his training career and gave Fogarty the highlight of his short time in the professional ranks, having replaced Ben Dalton after his intended mount Dick Dundee was withdrawn.
Fosters Cross made a brave attempt to make all and was left in front when Farrells Fancy took a crashing and fatal fall at the second last but was collared on the run-in and beaten three-quarters of a length by The Amarillo Kid.
Codd said: “It’s a fantastic pot to win and I’m delighted for Jamie — he’s a cousin of mine and started with me when he was 14. This horse is a real two-miler and will be entered for Wexford on Sunday, although he’s very ground dependent.”
Trainer Peter Fahey registered the first double of his training career, a brace highlighted by Owega Star’s gutsy neck win over Golden Wonder in the Irish Stallion Farms Novice Chase, after which his rider Andrew Leigh (Fahey’s brother-in-law) picked-up a two-day whip ban.
“He’s a better horse going left-handed and Andrew said he wasn’t enjoying himself,” said Fahey. “He was hanging and never travelled or jumped as well as usual. He deserves a break and you won’t see him again until Christmas”
Fahey’s double had been initiated when Four Wives, ridden by 7lb. claimer Kevin Sexton, made all to win the Christmas Party Raceday Handicap Hurdle at the expense of Vicalus.
Henry de Bromhead declared: “He jumps deadly, but needs nice ground and will have a break until the spring,” after No Cash Flow, ridden by Paul Power, romped to an impressive fifteen lengths win in the bumper.
Out of luck on Fosters Cross in the feature, Bryan Cooper had been on the mark earlier when Art Of Payroll, trained b his boss Dessie Hughes, got the better of favourite Easter Hunt on the run-in to land the corkracecourse.ie Maiden Hurdle.
Battle-hardened handicapper Coolmill, trained by Declan O’Shea, made every yard of the running under 7lb. claimer Joe Holly to beat favourite Some Officer in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners Novice Hurdle, the tough six-year-old clearly relishing the step-up to three miles.
Trainer Charles Coakley registered his first success in eight years when the Brian Hayes-ridden Alpha And Omega proved best in the racinghomeforeaster.com Handicap Hurdle, beating favourite Top Spin by seven lengths.