Jamie Codd rode his 9th Cheltenham Festival winner and his second in successive days at Cheltenham today while Caim, Enniscorthy jockey JJ Slevin also secured an emphatic victory.
There was an impressive Wexford winner at the second day of the championship racing festival when JJ Slevin rode his second festival winner on Band Of Outlaws (7/2 fav.) in the Boodles Hurdle (formerly the Fred Winter). The margin was two lengths.
The victorious favourite is stabled at Carrick-on-Suir with Slevin’s cousin, Joseph O’Brien who said of the journalism graduate turned professional jockey; “JJ gave him (Band Of Outlaws) a fantastic ride.”
From Kiltrea, Caim, Enniscorthy, James Joseph Slevin began his career as an amateur rider and turned professional in August 2016. He rode 34 winners “between the flags” with his first success coming on Herecomestherain, trained by his father Shay, at Ballydarragh, Gorey.
In all, he rode 11 winners as an amateur, including two for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies in Britain.
His early success included the Cheltenham Festival in March 2017 when he landed the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle on the Gordon Elliott-trained Champagne Classic.
A bigger winner came in the shape of General Principle, trained by Gordon Elliott, on which Slevin won the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday 2018.
JJ had a runner-up spot on Tower Bridge in yesterday’s Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase.
Jamie Codd was aboard Envoi Allen (2/1 fav.) for Gordon Elliott and they swept to a three-quarter lengths success in the final race of the day – the Weatherbys Champion Bumper Championship Grade One National Hunt Flat Race.
Envoi Allen was owned by Waterford vet Walter Connors as he won a four year old maiden at Ballinaboola, New Ross, in February 2018 when trained by Colin Bowe and ridden by Barry O’Neill. He was sold at Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales for €400,000.
There was is also a local point-to-point connection with Topofthegame who won today’s RSA Insurance Novice Chase for Paul Nicholls.
Trained by Donnchadh Doyle, Ballindaggin, and ridden by Rob James, Topofthegame was a four year old maiden winner at Belclare in May 2016 before going through the Goffs UK Sales ring for €120,000.
In other news from Cheltenham, Kiltealy rider Rob James was one of a number of Irish jockeys suspended for 12 days for “incorrect use” of the whip following an inquiry into yesterday’s National Hunt Chase won by Jamie Codd on Le Brueil.