Saturday 19 October 2019

McCoy on top in Smullen Champions Race

Racing legend Tony McCoy
Racing legend Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy rolled back the years when coming out on top on Quizical in yesterday's Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland.

The 20-times champion jumps jockey gave a vintage front-running performance on the Sheila Lavery-trained four-year-old to beat eight other top jockeys from both codes in the race that has received huge backing. McCoy had his mount in the prime position from the start of the one-mile contest and soon had Quizical travelling smoothly.

Despite top-weight, the 11/4 favourite galloped on resolutely to beat Aussie Valentine - ridden by McCoy's great friend and rival Ruby Walsh - by a length and a half. Johnny Murtagh steered Red Striker into third place.

"I'm very proud to be here today racing for a great cause," said McCoy. "We can be very proud of horse racing in general in Ireland. The stable staff, racegoers, owners, trainers, jockeys - everyone has given so much support to the amazing man that Pat Smullen is."

He added: "I always thought I was going to win! I said I would never ride in a horse race again and I meant it, but I'm glad I did today."

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