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Saturday 24 March 2018

Codd targeting New Year return after leg surgery

LEADING amateur jockey Jamie Codd was recuperating in Waterford Regional Hospital yesterday after undergoing surgery on the broken leg that he suffered in a fall at Kilsheelan point-to-point last Sunday, writes RICHARD FORRISTAL.

The Wexford native, whose audacious winning ride on Character Building was one of the highlights of the 2009 Cheltenham Festival, fractured his left femur when Midnight Dipper crashed out at the second-last fence in the final race.

Speaking after emerging from theatre yesterday, Codd said: "Everything went well. I feel good, very comfortable, so hopefully we are on the road to recovery now."

Coming just a week after riding the winners of all six races at Tinahely, his injury was an unfortunate reminder of the perils of the jumping game.

Just the third point-to-point rider to go through an entire card in modern times, he was the first to achieve the feat since John Berry's clean sweep at Caim in 1988.

Prior to his spill on Sunday, Codd had secured two more winners and was in the process of making a stellar start to the season, having gone into the weekend's activity with a lead of six over the perennial champion Derek O'Connor.

However, by the close of business, his title aspirations were in ruins, with O'Connor having cut the deficit to two with a six-timer of his own at Loughrea.

The only race that O'Connor -- who was recording his second six-timer -- didn't win at the Co Galway fixture was a novice riders' event for which he was ineligible.

Despite his rapid change in fortunes, Codd remained upbeat yesterday. "It's all part and parcel of the game," he said.

"It's disappointing, but you have to accept these things and I could be a lot worse off. I'm not sure yet when I'll be back riding, but I'd like to imagine it would be some time early in the New Year."

Irish Independent

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