Punchestown Festival: Jamie Codd gives his selections for the second day of the last Irish jumps meeting | Race News

Punchestown Festival winner Jamie Codd gives his selections for day two of the end of season meeting and previews his second Bumper Champion, American Mike.

3.40 – Adare Manor Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle

This is a very competitive obstacle to start with, a 25 rider handicap for conditional jockeys. The one I like is Gavin Cromwell’s called Stumptown. He won a first hurdle last October in Limerick.

He then had two quick runs in December and January when he ran well. He has good weight and I think the better ground will help him. At a price, it can run well.

4.15 – Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final

In the Hurdle auction series, I’m going to go for Gordon Elliott Sam’s Choice.

He was just beaten by Glengouly at Leopardstown in March but is now down 5lbs. I think the travel and the better ground will suit him so I think he can turn things around.

4.45 – Louis Fitzgerald Hurdle Hotel

Crosshill had a few runs on the fences, but is now back on the hurdles. He had a race at Thurles in March when he was third behind Gentlemansgame and Unexpected Depth.

I think he will improve from this. Jessica Harrington’s horses are generally in good shape for Punchestown. This horse has a lot of experience, and I expect a big race.

Minella Crooner

5.20 – Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle

It’s very competitive with the first three at home of Albert Bartlett, The Nice Guy, Minella Crooner and Bardenstown Lad, recovering himself.

I want Minella Cocooner to beat The Nice Guy this time. I think this track will suit him well. An interesting contender is Journey With Me which fell in the Ballymore behind Sir Gerhard.

He’s stepping up the journey now and might be the one that gives them the most to do.

Allaho ridden by Paul Townend on their way to winning the Ryanair Chase (registered as the Festival Trophy) during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.  Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2022.
Allaho ridden by Paul Townend on their way to winning the Ryanair Chase (registered as the Festival Trophy) during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2022.

5.55 – Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup

It’s a hell of a race, very competitive. There are two Aintree winners in Clan Des Obeaux, who won last year, and Fakir D’oudairies, the King George Tornado Flyer winner and two former Cheltenham Gold Cup winners Minella Indo and Al Boum Photo .

I just think backing up to three miles around Punchestown, allaho might have the beat of those older horses.

The Ryanair winner circled the course landing on the John Durkan. He is a more experienced horse than he was when he rode three miles before. I think he could take a lot of hits.

Galvin had a very good run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He never really disappointed, and I see him in the top three or four again.

Easy Vega wins Bumper Champion
Easy Vega wins Bumper Champion

6:30 a.m. – Race & Stay At Punchestown Champion INH Flat Race

I ride mike american here. We had a very good race at Cheltenham where we ran into Facile Vega. I still have great faith in American Mike and think he can give the favorite around Punchestown some food for thought.

A little nicer terrain won’t hurt. Punchestown is right-handed and we earned a bumper at Down Royal by being right-handed and Easy Vega has never gone that route.

Easy Vega will be hard to beat but if there is a horse to beat him it will be American Mike.

7.05 – OMC Claims Handicap Chase

I’ll go to Jessica Harrington discordantly. He won at Leopardstown in March but was knocked down in the Topham at Aintree last time out.

If he shows no ill effects from this experience, I think he can very well go here. Fancy Foundation has a good bottom weight, and it might just be the right one for the floor.

7.45 – Weatherbys General Stud Book Irish Ebf Mares Flat Race

I ride Jetara, the filly of Jessica Harrington who has a very good pedigree and who won well at Fairyhouse at the Easter meeting, where she beat two of Willie Mullins. I can’t wait to ride it.

I think Noel Meade is The Model Kingdom is probably the one to remember. She won a Listed bumper very well at Navan, beating Harmonya Maker and Battling Bessie.

It is not exposed and I will try my luck with it.

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