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P2P Q&A - Jamie Codd

23 October 2020

 

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You rode a treble at Umma House last weekend, including two 4yo maiden winners, Get A Tonic (IRE) and Percy Warner (IRE). Tell us more about those exciting 4yos.
Get a Tonic (IRE) is by Getaway. She was bought at last year’s Tattersalls Ireland August NH Sale from Martin Cullinane in Galway. She was going well before lockdown in March. She would have got a run then, but probably the time did her good. She’s very racy and has a good bit of size to her. Percy Warner (IRE) is an Ocovango horse that a syndicate bought and is with Gordon Elliott. He is a half-brother to Ross O’ Sullivan’s An Fraoch Mor (IRE) who won a hurdle and a chase for Ross. He’s a lovely horse that’s going to do very well when he goes to the track. He handles soft ground and is for sale now. I’m sure Gordon doesn’t want to let him go!

 

What is a typical week for Jamie Codd?
It’s busy. I try to ride out most days. I try to get into Gordon’s as much as I can for a few lots. I am at Denis Murphy’s on a Thursday. And the rest of my days are spent doing Tattersalls work, keeping in touch with all the point-to-point handlers, purchasers, and trainers. We have foal sales coming up so it’s just general sales work with Tattersalls that takes up a lot of my time. I am on the road almost every day out seeing vendors or trainers. I’m mostly a point-to-point and horses-in-training representative for Tattersalls Ireland and I also do store inspections and yearling inspections.

 

Why is point-to-pointing such a good grounding for horses?
It’s a good grounding because they get a lot of schooling and education. It’s nearly a pre-training year for them and I think that matures them mentally and physically. They are being taught how to gallop, breathe, and school properly. They are being handled by horsemen. You can see that in the results. The stock the point-to-point boys are buying is of such a high level now and that’s why they are having winners in Cheltenham, Aintree, and Punchestown.

 

How has the Irish point-to-point scene changed over the years? How do you see the future?
It has changed massively. When I started, selling horses wasn’t a major thing. There were some people that sold on their horses, but it was more about the smaller guys rather than being very commercial. Now the bigger handlers have really taken over. They spotted the market there and made a business out of it. So I see the future on the commercial side, but the hunts need to be supported to make point-to-points sustainable, to make it enjoyable to watch and for the riders and the handlers. I suppose it’s just trying to get the right balance between that commercial side and to make sure the hunts are supported.

 

You have been champion amateur and won multiple point-to-point titles. What does this mean to you? Any highlights?
I was champion amateur on the track a few years ago and that was huge. I am very lucky that Gordon is supporting me with bumper horses and he has a very strong team. It’s great to be up there with those savage amateurs like Derek O’Connor, John Thomas McNamara, and Patrick Mullins. I suppose my first Cheltenham winner on Character Building (IRE) in the Kim Muir would be a highlight.Cause Of Causes was very good to me. Winning at Cheltenham and being second in the Grand National in the same year. When you set out you don’t know where you’re going to end up and I am extremely proud of what I’ve done so far. I just want to try and stay going as long as I am enjoying it. A few years ago it was all point-to-pointingand in the last few years it’s more 50/50 with the track. If I can just keep riding plenty of winners, try to keep Gordon and Denis happy, and keep myself happy then I’ll be alright.

All Irish point-to-point 4yo Maidens in 2020 will be available to view on the ITM YouTube channel. Subscribe here.
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