P2P Q&A - Jamie Codd
23 October 2020
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!
a typical week for Jamie Codd?
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.
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.
the Irish point-to-point scene changed over the years? How do you see the
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.
been champion amateur and won multiple point-to-point titles. What does this
mean to you? Any highlights?All Irish point-to-point 4yo Maidens in 2020 will be available to view on the ITM YouTube channel. Subscribe here.
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.