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Mullins brings up double via Captain Cody

Captain Cody keeps up the gallop for Jody Townend Captain Cody keeps up the gallop for Jody Townend
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The jockeys on Willie Mullins' market leaders in the bumper at Limerick held differing views on where to race on the track, and it was Jody Townend's Captain Cody who came home best.

Townend hugged the inner on her mount while Patrick Mullins stayed as wide as possible on 1/2 favourite Blizzard Of Oz

The race boiled down to a match in the straight as they moved clear of an under-pressure One Big Bang

Captain Cody held the initiative but Blizzard Of Oz looked poised to reel him in, however, when push came to shove, Captain Cody was tough off the front and Blizzard Of Oz couldn't make any impression on him.

Captain Cody (5/2) kept up the gallop to beat his stablemate by six and a half lengths.

This confirmed Captain Cody's superiority over Blizzard Of Oz as he was three-parts of a length in front of him when they were second and third respectively at Punchestown in December.

Townend said: "My fellow beat Blizzard Of Oz the last day but Paddy (Mullins) was still quite confident to stick with him. He thought he would come on from it, but I thought my horse would too and was definitely sharper today.

"He galloped the whole way to the line today and definitely has improved."

This gave Willie Mullins a double on the card as Paul Marvel earlier took the maiden hurdle for colts and geldings.

Additional reporting by Tom Weekes

About Michael Graham
Michael has worked in horse racing journalism for more than 15 years, having also written a weekly betting column on Gaelic football and hurling for a newspaper. He is involved in writing the My Racing Story features on this website. He spent a year in South Africa completing a Diploma in Business Administration and also studied Newspaper Journalism in Belfast. He enjoys playing 5-a-side football on a regular basis.