Sunday 28 December 2014

McCoy shines with sparkling five-timer

Published 14/08/2013 | 05:00

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Tony McCoy had a brilliant five-timer win across two meetings

TONY McCoy's relentless pursuit of winners shows no sign of stopping – as illustrated by a brilliant 227/1 five-timer across two meetings yesterday.

The day began at Worcester where the mutiple British champion jockey displayed his thirst for success by an inspired ride in the two-mile chase .

Riding Temple Lord for his retained owner JP McManus, the Co Antrim native bided his time aboard the grey, even though his mount didn't help his cause with some indifferent jumping.

Turning into the straight, Temple Lord's cause looked a hopeless one as the Jonjo O'Neill-trained gelding was being driven along in fifth – a good 10 lengths off leader Another Flutter.

McCoy, however, refused to raise the white flag on the 7/2 second favourite and despite jumping the final fence in a poor fourth, the jockey threw everything at his mount which responded by rattling home on the run-in for a half-length win.

Winner No 2 was considerably more straightforward as he made all the running on the Rebecca Curtis-trained favourite Anger Management. The McCoy hat-trick was completed by the success of Don't Be Late – another for the McManus-O'Neill alliance – as the 6/5 favourite overcame a mistake at the last to see off Hunting Tower.

After that, he was off to Stratford where he struck in the two-mile novice hurdle on Kettlewell (3/1) for Warren Greatrex. And McCoy rounded off an astonishing day when he showed all his strength in a finish to get O'Neill's well-backed Listen And Learn home by a neck in the staying handicap hurdle.

Galway trainer Paul Gilligan made a successful raid on Worcester as he took the first division of the staying handicap hurdle with 40/1 outsider Harangue.

Irish Independent

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