White Socks comfortably off the mark

The second Bree Hunt point-to-point meeting within a week took place at Monksgrange in Co Wexford on Saturday and there were doubles for Jamie Codd and Barry O’Neill, who look set to dominate this season’s riders’ championship.

White Socks comfortably off the mark

Codd moved onto the 37 winner mark for the campaign, three clear of O’Neill, by bringing up his two-timer aboard the David O’Brien-trained White Socks (5/2) in the closing six-year-old and upwards geldings’ maiden.

White Socks, a pleasing third on his only previous start at Borris House in December, led from after the second last to beat favourite Manwell by three lengths in the colours of British-based owner Michael Allen.

Codd was earlier on the mark aboard clear-form choice Lexife (5/4), trained by Pat Cloke outside Blackwater, in the six-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden.

The hooded Lexife, placed second on her previous start behind Sparkling River at Tinahely in February, made all the running although her task was greatly simplified when the challenging Shaluna fell when holding every chance at the final fence.

Both of O’Neill’s winners were supplied by locally-based Kiltealy handler Colin Bowe and the pair initially struck with newcomer Samcro (2/5) in the four-year-old maiden.

The Germany-sired newcomer Samcro led from two out and he picked up readily on the flat to contain Elegant Escape by one length in the silks of owner/breeder Douglas Taylor.

Casey Top (evens) completed the Bowe/O’Neill brace in the five-year-old mares’ maiden. Casey Top, having finished second at this same venue just six days earlier, took up the running with a mile still left to travel and she readily fought off fellow joint-favourite Miss Eyecatcher by a length.

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