Saturday 16 December 2017

McCoy delight after matching Pipe record

Tony McCoy stands under a rainbow in the parade ring after his final ride of the day at Worcester
Tony McCoy stands under a rainbow in the parade ring after his final ride of the day at Worcester
Tony McCoy riding Crannaghmore Boy finish down the field in The Selling Handicap Hurdle Race at Worcester racecourse

Thomas Kelly

Tony McCoy equalled Martin Pipe's record career tally of 4,191 winners with a typically powerful ride to get On The Record home first at Uttoxeter.

The Antrim legend drove the evens favourite over the line first in the 32Red On The App Store Handicap Hurdle, but only after a tough tussle with Bangkok Pete.

The 25/1 outsider pushed On The Record all the way and the race could have gone either way from the final flight. However, McCoy got the Jonjo O'Neill-trained six-year-old, owned by his boss JP McManus, home by a neck, much to the delight of his supporters.

"I made hard work of it," McCoy said. "He was probably going to win over the last but decided to stop and it was only when a horse came by him that I got him going again in time thankfully. It's nice that he won.

"The thing with me and Mr Pipe is that it's just a personal thing. We've a lot of friends and there's been a lot of banter. I hope I've driven him mad!"

On The Record was McCoy's second ride of the afternoon after Zip Wire had failed to trouble the judge in the 32Red Casino Novices' Hurdle, won by Nathans Pride.

McCoy recorded his fastest ever 50 last month at Worcester and the 19-times champion is pushing towards 300 winners this season. McCoy has been targeting Pipe's all-time tally since chalking up his 4,000th winner at Towcester in November. The record-breaking rider was formerly Pipe's stable jockey but has been retained by owner McManus since 2004.


Pipe was champion trainer 15 times until he handed over the reins to his son David in April 2006. The latter tweeted: "Could there be a more appropriate way for @AP-McCoy to join my father in the 4191 club than success aboard On The Record?!"

McCoy could not overtake Pipe with his last ride at Uttoxeter as Dashing Over faded out of contention behind Bumble Bay (12/1) in the £10 Free Bet At Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. He then left the track by helicopter for Worcester's evening meeting, where he had four chances to surpass his former boss, but the closest he came was a second place on O'Neill's Old Pals Act.

At Killarney, meanwhile, McManus and his retained jockey Mark Walsh in this country combined for a double though they had a considerable slice of good fortune on their side.

Walsh replaced the injured Paul Carberry on Formidableopponent in the beginners chase but the 7/1 looked destined for the runner-up spot until 11/10 favourite Un Beau Roman and jockey Paul Townend got their timing wrong at the last and crashed out.

Walsh's second winner didn't need such good fortune as first-time blinkers worked the oracle on Tom Mullins' 8/1 chance Baby Whizz in the Ladbrokes Handicap Chase. The featured staying handicap hurdle saw Harry Rogers' Giant's Quest (5/1) see off Our Man Zebo by two lengths under Shane Shortall.

Irish Independent

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