Jamie Codd's blog

Jamie partnered Ravenhill to land the National Hunt Chase on day one and on Wednesday is aboard leading Champion Bumper fancy Queens Brook plus Out Sam in the Glenfarclas Chase.

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It’s day two and I ride QUEENS BROOK in the curtain-raiser, the Weatherbys Champion Bumper (5.30).

I've won this twice in the last three years, including on Envoi Allen in 2019 This looks very competitive on paper as usual with a maximum field of 23 runners.

She is going to be up against it, but I think she is a very smart filly and I am looking forward to seeing where she fits in among the mares. She has a good pedigree, being a half-sister to Shotgun Paddy.

This looks hugely competitive but Appreciate It of Willie Mullins’s is strongly fancied. He won the Grade 2 bumper at the Dublin Festival.

Patrick Mullins absolutely loves this horse and when a horse is spoken so highly of out of the Mullins camp he has to be respected.

Tom Lacey’s horse Adrimelhas done nothing wrong, Ferny Hollow is a fair horse of Willie’s as well, if the hustle and bustle suits him.

Israel Champ of David Pipe’s has won two Listed bumpers in Ascot and Cheltenham and has track form.

I hope my mare is good enough to be in the first three but Appreciate It and Israel Champ have the best form in the race.  

I have picked up an unexpected ride in the Glenfarclas Chase (Cross-Country) (4.10) on the Gordon Elliott-trained OUT SAM.

It’s great news. I won this race on Cause Of Causes previously for Gordon. Out Sam will be one of the outsiders, but he’s been around Cheltenham before back in December when he was third beaten 13 lengths.

He should give me a good spin and if we are lucky on the day, we might pick up a bit of prize-money for the owners.

This is Tiger Roll’s race. On official ratings he is rated 171 and in a handicap he would be giving these horses the guts of two stone.

If the Tiger Roll we know turns up, and we hope to God he does, he wins. He is an incredible horse and you just like to see these good horses win.

The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (1.30) looks a very exciting race on paper, but ENVOI ALLEN is the main one here.

He has been marvellous so far. He is unbeaten in point-to-points, bumpers and now hurdles.

He won in Fairyhouse in the Grade 1 novice and then stepped up to Naas in another Grade 1. I think he will stay. He just seems to have all the attributes of a very good horse.

I rode him last season and he was very straightforward. I suppose two miles five is the unknown, but on what he has done at home and on the racetrack Gordon is confident it won’t be an issue.

Gordon has Easywork in here as well. He was second in a Grade 1 behind Asterion Forlonge last time and that horse was one of the favourites for the Supreme Novices’. He will stay. He likes to be ridden prominently and should run very well.

I also think Sporting John looks to be good. He won his point-to-point last year in Borris. Philip Hobbs has brought him along quietly since he came to England and he has been very impressive.

There were only four runners for his latest win at Ascot but he is one that could put it up the most to Envoi Allen.

I was texting Colin Tizzard about the ride on Copperhead as I was hoping he might go for the National Hunt Chase. They decided to go for the RSA Chase (2.10).

He seems to be an improving horse. He is only a six-year-old, but this is very competitive with last year’s Albert Bartlett winner Minella Indo and Champ who had a fall the last day at Cheltenham when he looked like he was going to win and win well.

It was an untidy fall and maybe he lacked a bit of concentration going into the fence he was going that easy.

Battleoverdoyen and Allaho are in here as well so it is hugely competitive.

I would think MINELLA INDO could be the one for the in-form Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore.

The Coral Cup (2.50) is an absolute lottery. There are 26 runners so it is hugely competitive.

There is a lot of word for Franco De Port coming out of Willie Mullins’s stable, but I like a horse down the bottom of Gavin Cromwell’sALFA MIX.

He is carrying 11st with Jonathan Moore on. Gavin had a great win in the Champion Hurdle last year.

This lad has been running very well at home in competitive handicaps. He has won one and was second the last day over two and a half.

He looks like he stays, he has a nice weight and he could be one to give Gavin another festival winner.

Gordon has plenty in here and I would throw Black Tears in to run a big race. She has 11st 2lb and Davy Russell rides her.

The hustle and bustle of the race could suit her. She is by Jeremy. She will definitely stay up the hill.

Altior being scratched from the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.30) is a big loss to the festival.

He has been a huge horse, winning the last two runnings of the Champion Chase. His record over fences is incredible and he has been a massive horse for Nicky Henderson and his connections.

I was going to side with DEFI DU SEUIL here anyway. He is a previous festival winner from last year. His form this year has been rock solid, beating Un De Sceaux, a Ryanair winner.

That form stacks up, he is suited to soft ground and as a younger horse coming through I think this could be his year.

The Boodles Handicap (4.50) is another big runner field and a hard one to figure out every year. Gordon has Saint d’oroux for Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. Daryl Jacob takes the ride.

He was good the last day in Gowran where he won very easily in a maiden hurdle, but this is a massive step up into this helter skelter type of a race.

One of Gordon’s other horses, RECENT REVELATIONS, is owned by a sound bunch of lads, the Half Married syndicate. He was second behind Aramax in Naas in February and I would be delighted if this horse could get into the winners’ enclosure at a bit of each-way price.

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