By Dan Walsh
The end of an era on the national point-to-point scene was witnessed at Tattersalls today (Sunday) when Jamie Codd won the four-year-old geldings maiden race on Supreme Gift and immediately announced his retirement following an amazing career.
A native of Mayglass, Jamie Codd started out in 2000 at Lingstown, rode 972 winners from 4,142 rides, representing a career strike rate of 23.5%, was twice national champion rider (2014 and 2016) and runner-up several times. He is the only rider to ride more than 900 winners!
He also made his mark on the track winning Grade 1 races at Punchestown and ten Cheltenham Festival victories and is remembered as an amateur finishing runner-up to One For Arthur on Cause of Causes in the 2017 Aintree Grand National. He also won the Foxhunters Chase at Aintree and the Amateur Derby at Epsom during a glittering career in racing. He will be missed from the point-to-point scene and remembered as one of the greats of the sport. Codd continues to ride on the track and has mounts at Killarney on Monday.
Codd’s final victory on Supreme Gift was for trainer Denis Murphy who enjoyed a double. Murphy saddled House of Stories with Simon Cavanagh up to a one and a half lengths victory in the maiden race for five-year-old geldings.
The Ballagh handlers’ sister, Bernadette Murphy also saddled a first and last race double on the card at the Meath venue.
Newcomer Betty’s Banjo is fore sale after her victory in the maiden race for four-year-old mares with Simon Cavanagh up – also a double there for the Mullingar rider. Rowdy Rustler made it two for Bernadette with ten lengths to spare under Conor Smithers in the race for ‘older geldings’.
The champion duo of Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe were on the scoreboard when Dooyork took the five-year-old mares maiden contest by one and a half lengths.
There was also Sunday point-to-point action at Dromahane, Co. Cork – no success for Wexford stables although a few ‘runner-up’ positions achieved and Gorey rider Luke Murphy won division one of the maiden race for five-year-old geldings for Enfield owner/handler Peter Flood.
A long memory is required to recall the last occasion that there was not a single Wexford trained winner at a point-to-point. But it happened yesterday (Saturday) at the Mid-Antrim races at Broughshane!
A few Wexford trained contestants hit the crossbar with runner-up spots… but no winner! Fortunately, Barry O’Neill reminded everybody that the Wexford presence hasn’t gone away and the Ballindaggin champion completed a double – Ask D’Man for Fermanagh handler David Christie in the Winner of Two Race and Greco with six lengths to spare for Antrim handler Jamie Sloan in the ‘older geldings’ maiden race.