Codd relishing Amateurs' Derby opportunity at Epsom

Irish rider bids for second win on famous course

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Jamie Codd is looking forward to make his third appearance in the Amateurs’ Derby at Epsom on Monday.

Widely recognised as one of the finest amateur riders of his generation, Codd has claimed multiple victories at the Cheltenham Festival over the last decade aboard the likes of Cause Of Causes, the ill-fated Fayonagh and Envoi Allen.

His very first victory at Prestbury Park was aboard the John Quinn-trained Character Building in the 2009 Kim Muir, and it was the North Yorkshire handler who also provided Codd with victory in the 2016 Amateurs’ Derby with Hubertas.

The same combination is represented by top-weight Mistiroc on Bank Holiday Monday and Codd is relishing the opportunity.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it. It’s not too often you get the opportunity to ride around Epsom.

“It’s very unique. You’re going steep uphill over the first four furlongs and then you’ve got that sharp turn and the camber in the straight is unbelievable. It’s great for the amateurs to get the opportunity to ride there.

“This will be my third time riding there. I was lucky enough to win on my first ride there a few years ago and I rode in it last year.

“John has been very good to me and fingers crossed we’ll have another good spin.”

Codd will be bidding to equal his great Irish rival Patrick Mullins, who already has two wins in the Amateurs’ Derby to his name, having struck gold on Beacon Lady in 2013 and English Summer two years later.

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