McCoy shows class with Plumpton hat-trick
TONY McCoy showed once again why he has been champion jockey 17 times by booting home a 10/1 treble at Plumpton from his three rides.
The Antrim native has few peers when it comes to sitting tight in the saddle in the face of equine mistakes and that 'stickability' shone through in his success aboard Cantlow.
Running in the colours of McCoy's retainer, JP McManus, the 5/4 shot gave his jockey a couple of hair-raising moments during the novices' chase but he eventually completed his task.
Cantlow – which will bag a £60,000 bonus if winning a race over fences at the Cheltenham Festival – crashed through the fourth from home and was not fluent at the last either.
But the Paul Webber-trained seven-year-old still hand enough in the tank to see off the 10/11 favourite Oscara Dara by a length and a quarter.
"Having had two previous runs was a huge advantage on testing ground like that, not that it felt like it going down the back straight," said McCoy.
"But they are quickening downhill to the fourth last and horses like this need practice. I couldn't see the last fence because of the sun, so I was just keeping his revs up".
McCoy earlier inched Brendan Powell one step closer to a notable milestone when Sir Fredlot justified his 1/3 price by readily defeating stablemate Lady Romanza in the juvenile hurdle.
The Grand National-winning rider has had a licence since 2000 and believed this was his 498th training success from Flat and National Hunt runners. "It would be lovely if we could get the 500 up over Christmas," said Powell.
McCoy rounded off the afternoon with another success in the concluding handicap hurdle, when second favourite Thunderstorm (5/2) benefited from a brilliant waiting ride by the champion to get the better of Just Beware by a length.