Monday 28 May 2018

McCoy doubles up, but Maguire takes honours

Jason Maguire
Jason Maguire

TONY McCoy enjoyed a double at Catterick, but Jason Maguire went one better than the champion as he landed a treble for Donald McCain.

Corrin Wood was the star of the show for the Maguire-McCain axis as the six-year-old swept to an all-the-way victory in the novice handicap chase. The 10/11 favourite put in a foot-perfect clear round as he came home 23 lengths clear of McCoy's mount Dursey Sound.

"He's a grand horse and he's won well today, but it turned into a nothing race," McCain said. "He's a nice young horse. He stays, he jumps and hopefully he's going to be around for a few years, so I'm not aiming too high too soon.

"With novice chases, you don't have too many choices, so we'll have to go where they are."

Diocles (4/1) set the ball rolling for the McCain team when getting off the mark over fences on his first start for 232 days. The seven-year-old took the two-mile three-furlong novice chase by 14 lengths from Big Water.

The middle leg of the trio was a dead-heat as Gulf Punch shared the spoils with Harris in the staying handicap hurdle. Pudsey House looked certain to score when he went clear two out, but he curled up close home and was mugged by the 5/1 co-favourites in the dying strides. James Reveley was aboard the William Kinsey-trained Harris.

Maguire and McCain were denied a four-timer when Master Dee had to settle for second place behind Beatu (6/1) in the bumper.

McCoy had the evens favourite's measure in the final furlong on Antrim handler Stuart Crawford's raider, which galloped clear by six lengths.

"We're delighted with him. We were disappointed he hadn't won his point-to-points. He was probably just a bit too careful a jumper at this stage," said Crawford.

"He likes decent ground which is why we've ended up coming here. He couldn't have been any more impressive today -- we're very excited about him."

It was McCoy's second winner of the day, the champion jockey having earlier steered Forthefunofit (11/4 favourite) to a comfortable success on his jumping debut in the novice hurdle.

Runner-up in two bumpers, the Jonjo O'Neill-trained four-year-old was always prominent before asserting his authority to score by four lengths from Downtown Boy.

Irish Independent

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