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Willie Mullins vs Gordon Elliott - Jamie Codd gives us the inside line on what makes them the best in the business


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Jamie Codd was the special guest for this week's Friday Night Racing on Off the Ball.

The celebrated jockey is recovering from a bad fall and he dropped by the studio to talk about the various injuries he's had over the years - including spending 10 days in Intensive Care for a lacerated liver.

A native of Wexford, Coddd has been crowned point-to-point champion on two occasions and he is the only modern-day rider to ride all six winners on one card.

He has worked with some of the best trainers in his time and when asked about the differences between Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott.

"They're two very, very driven men. In different ways, Willie is - I think he has more of a natural feel for it but - he has more experience. What Gordon is doing at the minute is just incredible. He just turned 40 and for what he's been doing for the last 12 years since he won the National, like it's absolutely crazy. In time - he's going to get better and better.

"But what willie does - I just think Willie is a genius. He gets them so fit. I think the gallops that he has gets them that fit - he's able to turn horses inside out - he'd nearly get inside a horses head.

"During the winter when it rains, the woodchip gallops, they get very heavy and deep whereas a sand gallop during the winter it packs a bit more so it rides a bit better. A sand gallop can ride a bit better and then vice-versa in the summer - the sand gallop rides deep because it's dried out and then the woodchip would dry out and it rides too good.

"So Willie has the best of both worlds with a woodchip and a sand gallop - as does Gordon.

"I just think heavy surfaces, whatever gallop you have, if you have a woodchip or sand, you'll be able to keep horses sounder on it. It's like you running down the road too much - you'll get sore. Whereas if you're running in a bit of loose sand on the beach - you'll be happy.

"They're very driven men - the focus on what they want to do - to train winners and have good horses," he added.

 

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