Thursday 21 September 2017

No luck for Tony McCoy as milestone of 4,000 winners must wait

Tony McCoy before the Bathwick Tyres & Festival Racing Supports Racing
Tony McCoy before the Bathwick Tyres & Festival Racing Supports Racing "National Hunt" Novices Hurdle at Exeter Racecourse, Exeter
Tony McCoy on Flemenson (left) trails winner Hadden Frost ridder by Rydon Pynes in first race during The Bathwick Tyres and Festival Racing Supports Racing 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle Race, at Exeter Racecourse
Tony McCoy makes his way out for the Bathwick Tyres & Festival Racing Supports Racing "National Hunt" Novices´ Hurdle at Exeter Racecourse, Exeter
Tony McCoy on Flemenson following The Bathwick Tyres and Festival Racing Supports Racing 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle Race, at Exeter Racecourse

Tony McCoy will have to wait until Chepstow on Wednesday at the earliest for his 4,000th winner after drawing a blank with three rides at Exeter to remain on the 3,998 mark.

McCoy was narrowly denied in the opening novice hurdle on Flemenson by the Hadden Frost-ridden Rydon Pynes, while his mount in the following race, Keen Eye, never looked like taking a hand in the finish at any stage.

His third ride of the afternoon, Well Hello There, travelled extremely well for much of the three-mile handicap chase but a bad blunder just before the home straight cost him any chance of victory and he was ultimately well beaten.

The 18-times champion jockey has two booked rides at the Welsh venue on Wednesday - the Rebecca Curtis-trained El Macca in the R.A.B.I. Gateway Project Maiden Hurdle and Jonjo O'Neill's Mission Complete, who could be appropriately named should he land the NFU Mutual Supports R.A.B.I. Handicap Hurdle.

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