Sport Horse Racing

Wednesday 13 December 2017

McCoy draws blank as Somerbsy takes spoils

Marcus Armytage

The AP McCoy roadshow rolls on to Chepstow today after the multiple champion jump jockey drew a rare blank at Exeter in his quest for his 4,000th winner.

He remains on 3,998 and is not overly optimistic about his two rides carrying him over the line today.

Having ridden three doubles in the three previous days, there was a confidence among everyone that at least two of his three mounts yesterday would oblige.

But when the best of them, Flemenson, was beaten into second in the first race, despite landing over the last hurdle in front, the writing was on the wall. Neither of his two other mounts ever looked likely to trouble the judge.

The party-pooper in the first was Rydon Pynes, a 7/1 shot ridden by Hadden Frost, who had said tongue-in-cheek to trainer David Pipe he was going to Exeter hoping for his "landmark 121st winner" and was expecting a big crowd to watch him. And that there was, for Exeter's flagship day, plus the possibility of a big occasion.

There was a terrific finish to the Haldon Gold Cup. In the end, it was won by Somersby, which beat Module by a head, with six lengths back to Cue Card. It was Mick Channon's biggest winner over jumps and he left the talking to Somersby's former trainer and his assistant, Henrietta Knight.

"Last season was a write-off because he had lots of splints and never came back from them," explained Knight.

"But he's been fantastic at home this autumn and I think he's more settled in his new surroundings. He's better at two miles, so we'll aim him for the Amlin Chase at Ascot and take it from there. He definitely won't go for the King George." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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