Wexford rider Jamie Codd enjoyed a successful day at Tinahely on Sunday when recording a treble on the card.
Codd’s first victory came aboard the Denis Murphy-trained Honest Exchange in the Goffs UK Autumn P2P Sale five-year-old geldings’ maiden, when he came home ten lengths in front of What About Time.
The winning son of Gold Well, who is a half-brother to Last Instalment, certainly stepped up from his fifth-place effort last season to record a decisive victory.
Winning Handler Denis Murphy, who bought the bay gelding with owner Pat Coffey at the Derby sale said: “He’s a babyish horse, he’s only starting to learn, so we’ll probably go for a winner’s race or go to the sales. He’ll win lots of races.”
Leeswood Lily brought up the middle leg of Codd’s double when he combined with handler David O’Brien to take the five-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden, which was also the first of two successes on the card for the Kilkenny-based handler.
Sixth at Castletown-Geoghegan on his return to action, the Michael Allen-owned six-year-old, who is an ex-track performer, was left clear at the last when the Sean Doyle-trained The Forge Hill fell whilst upsides at the time, to record a five-length victory.
“She’s tough, Codd said she kind of got caught up in the mare that fell at the last. It will be a lift for the owner Michael Allen from Leeswood in England, as he’s just out of hospital,” said handler O’Brien.
The older geldings’ maiden saw favourite Ran Rite complete the concluding leg of Jamie Codd’s treble and provide David O’Brien with his second success of the day.
The previously placed son of Dansant, who was appearing for the fourth time, went to the head of affairs before the second-last fence to run out an easy six-length winner over newcomer Scottish Accent.
O’Brien, who will run the bay gelding in winners’ company next said: “He’s a lovely horse, his first two runs were very good. The last day he ran he hurt his back and it took a good while to get him right again, thankfully the owners were very patient. Hopefully the owner will get some fun out of him, he was sick today so this might cheer him up a bit.”
Success in the Winners Enclosure Bookmakers four-year-old maiden went the way of Mick Goff and Shane Fitzgerald, courtesy of Neslsons Rock to provide them both with their first winners of the season.
The son of Mount Nelson, who finished a fine third at Ballingarry battled well to the line and finished with a comfortable one-and-a-half-length advantage over the John Nallen-trained Minella Wizard.
The bay gelding, who is out of a five-time winning mare, is likely to appear in new ownership when he returns to competitive action as he is reported to be offered for sale.
Wexford handler Goff said: “He missed the fourth last in Ballingarry. If he hadn’t of done that, he probably would have won that day. He’s as genuine as the day is long, jumps and stays. I’m delighted with that today.”
Getawaytonewbay came out on top in the mares’ winner-of-one when she recorded a promising five-length victory over Tom Keating’s Shuil Luas in the colours of James Devereux.
The Getaway mare, who has had several starts in the point-to-point fields and was second in a winner-of-three event at Monksgrange in April, made use of her previous experience to stay on comfortably to the line in the hands of Wexford native Shane O’Rourke.
Rossdoonstown handler Deveraux, who currently has eight in training said: “She did it well, I was more hopeful than confident but it’s great to get a winner, if they keep running like that we’ll be happy. She’ll go for a mares’ winner or mares’ open next.”
Cork Handler Mick Murphy had a dramatic success on the day as Better B Quick took the open race in the hands of Tiernan Roche, getting the better of Vyta Du Rock, who made a costly final fence error, to score by two and a half lengths.
Michael Murphy’s son of Overbury, who is a three-time track winner and was appearing for the first time since running in Tramore last May, will now head to Lingstown for the banks race.
Murphy said: It’s brilliant, he still has it anyway. We thought he might have needed to run today, but he’s been in good form at home.”