McCoy double edges him closer to 4,000 mark
Tony McCoy needs only nine more winners in his quest to reach the 4,000-winner mark following a double at Ffos Las.
The Moneyglass native now has 3,991 career wins over jumps, and his insatiable hunger for success at another ordinary meeting shone through yet again.
After going down by a head to Berea Boru aboard the Rebecca Curtis-trained Gate Please in the opening maiden hurdle, McCoy then finished third on the same trainer's Captain Moonman.
McCoy made it third-time lucky, however, as he drove Jonjo O'Neill's 7/4 favourite Minella For Steak to victory over Ifyouthinkso in the O'Brien And Partners Handicap Hurdle. The same jockey-trainer axis completed a brace as Taquin Du Seuil made a winning start over fences in the novice chase.
The 4/9 favourite loomed up ominously alongside Bob Ford and eased clear from the final fence to score by two lengths.
"He's a proper horse," said the jockey. "You just want to get them round safe and sound."
McCoy was fancied to complete a hat-trick in the bumper, but the Curtis-trained Red Devil Lads (5/6 favourite) had to make do with second place behind Capilla.
Meanwhile, Tralee trainer Tom Cooper paid tribute to Forpadydeplasterer after confirming the winner of the 2009 Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham Festival has been retired.