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Codd happy On The Fringe


On The Fringe. Pic: Alain Barr

On The Fringe. Pic: Alain Barr

On The Fringe. Pic: Alain Barr

Leading amateur Jamie Codd is looking forward to renewing his association with champion hunter chaser On The Fringe at Aintree next Thursday, writes Niall Cronin.

Codd deputised for Nina Carberry at Aintree last season when On The Fringe won the Foxhunters' at the Liverpool venue on the way to completing the Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown treble for a second time, and with Carberry out of action ahead of the birth of her first child, Codd has been aboard On The Fringe this season, finishing fourth at Cheltenham a couple of weeks ago.

Codd told the Herald yesterday; "I was speaking with Enda this morning and he's very happy with the horse so it is all systems go for Aintree and hopefully the big fences will light him up again and he'll put in a good performance."

"On another day little things could have went a bit better for On The Fringe but I still think he has a great chance going back to Aintree," said the Wexford native.

"I was lucky to get the call up when Nina couldn't ride him at Aintree last year and it was a great day - everything about it.

"Every amateur wants to win an Aintree Foxhunters, it is something special over the National fences and on a legend of a horse like him."

Meanwhile, recent Leopardstown winner Mr Diablo is on course to be a first runner at Aintree for trainer Philip Dempsey.

The County Kildare-based handler has entered the eight-year-old for the Topham Chase over the famous Grand National fences next Friday, a race topped by the Willie Mullins-trained pair of Ballycasey and Ilechi Inois.