By Dan Walsh
Wexford jockey Jamie Codd experienced his own determination of ‘operation transformation’ this week and the weight loss paid dividends when he won the Grade B Punchestown Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Punchestown on The Big Dog (5/2 fav.) by half a length, on Sunday.
Winning trainer Peter Fahey, whose stables are at Monasterevin, said afterwards; “Jamie told me the other day that his weight was ‘good’ and he only had a couple of pounds to lose. He did it and it was well worth it in the end.”
Jamie Codd went to the scales at ten stone eleven pounds and the Mayglass riders’ renowned strength in a finish got the eight-year-old gelding home by half a length without an iron!
There was a Wexford trained winner at Punchestown when Farmix (4/1), with Jack Kennedy up, scored by five and a half lengths in the novice chase.
Victorious trainer Liz Doyle from the Crossabeg stables said after the race; “He’s a big baby but progressing the whole time as he gets his confidence over jumps. I really like this horse and think there could be more in him.
“He might get an entry in a handicap in Cheltenham. He is not overly experienced, so we will see what happens. That was a good opportunity today.” she added.