Saturday 10 December 2016

McCoy finds rhythm on Kennel Hill

Martin Kelly

Published 02/04/2010 | 05:00

Runners jump the ditch in a handicap steeplechase at Ludlow yesterday
Runners jump the ditch in a handicap steeplechase at Ludlow yesterday

Tony McCoy was poetry in motion aboard Kennel Hill as he delivered the Cheltenham Festival third for a laughably easy success in the Robert Holden Novices' Hurdle at Ludlow yesterday.

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Placed in the Albert Bartlett last month and also in the shake-up in the Challow Hurdle over Christmas, the eight-year-old possesses plenty of character and has looked less then straightforward on occasions.

However, with the 14-times champion aboard he was quiet as a lamb and the 4/6 favourite made good headway turning for home to easily shrug off the attentions of Acrai Rua and score by nine lengths.

McCoy missed out on a double as Herons Well came off second best to Chance Du Roy (3/1), who is learning his trade over fences and made it two wins from three starts in the Bromfield Sand & Gravel Handicap Chase.

The Philip Hobbs-Tom O'Brien combination completed a 21/1 double as Bescot Springs (9/2) lowered the colours of Goldsworthy's 5/4 favourite Prescelli in the Whittingham Riddell Novices' Handicap Hurdle.

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