Wexford jockeys Jamie Codd and JJ Slevin had winners at Bettyville Park today ahead of competing in the 172nd Grand National at Aintree tomorrow.
Codd was in action at the Merseyside track yesterday, but returned home to take the ride on Mount Ida (13/8 fav) for Gordon Elliott and ran out an easy winner by seven lengths in the bumper. There was an added local association – the five year old mare by Yeats was bred by Philip Hore at Mount Eaton Stud, Ballycogley.
Codd, who was runner-up on Cause of Causes in the 2017 National behind One For Arthur takes the mount on Gordon Elliott’s 66/1 shot Mala Beach in tomorrows big race.
JJ Slevin who retains the ride on last year’s Irish Grand National winner General Principle, (66/1), in tomorrows renewal, is in good form and was seen to good advantage on Sullane Hill, (8/1), for Pat O’Connor, Ballyduff, Waterford by half a length in the first division of the maiden hurdle.
Adamstown jockey Jonathan Moore was aboard Darver Star, (9/1), for a Louth syndicate and trainer Gavin Cromwell, when scoring by 10 lengths in the handicap hurdle. Harley Dunne was third in this race on Crosshue Boy for Sean Thomas Doyle from Ballindaggin.
Moore was deprived of a double for Cromwell when runner-up on Sillogue Pio who was beaten by three lengths by Scotch Quay, (11/4 fav.) ridden by Ricky Doyle for Slieverue trainer Eoin Griffin in the Slaney Estuary Handicap Hurdle.
Sean Flanagan got on the scoresheet with the Gigginstown House Stud mare High School Days, (evens fav.) and a second winner of the day for Henry de Bromhead in the mares beginners chase.
Declan Qually and Darragh O’Keeffe teamed up to take the handicap chase with Cloudy Morning, (4/1), followed home by Sean Flanagan on Stowaway Forever and the Paul Nolan trained Crazyheart, who was a winner at the previous Wexford winner.
While Willie Mullins was saddling Min and Cadmium to big successes at Aintree he added a Wexford victory with Pont Aven, (11/2) in the novice hurdle by four and a quarter lengths with Danny Mullins up.
Henry de Bromhead saddled Popong, (16/1), in the second division of the maiden hurdle and running in the colours of the Halley family he came home four and a half lengths to the good with claiming jockey Hugh Morgan in the saddle.
It was a good day’s racing and the attendance was treated to an extra race after the maiden hurdle was ‘divided’. The weather held up for most of the day but deteriorated into extremely wet conditions for the final two races.
The next Wexford Races is on Saturday afternoon, April 27th.
A mare with a big future – The Glancing Queen follows her fine run at Cheltenham with success in the bumper at Aintree. "She's seriously good," says trainer Alan King Results ➡ http://bit.ly/2Hmzv6a
Posted by Racing TV on Thursday, April 4, 2019
WEXFORD WINNER AT AINTREE
The Glancing Queen followed up a bumper win at Cheltenham in November with success in Thursday’s bumper at Aintree. As a four year old she won a March point-to-point for Colin Bowe and Barry O’Neill and was sold for €80,000 from the Milestone Stables, Kiltealy, to Highflyer Bloodstock/Alan King. She was very impressive at Aintree and should have a fine career ahead of her.