Sunday 19 November 2017

McCoy times run to perfection

Neil Morrice

Jonjo O'Neill's Synchronised landed a thrilling renewal of the John Smith's Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter yesterday under a typically powerful Tony McCoy ride.

The 15/2 chance was never far off the pace in the four-mile-one-furlong contest as L'Aventure made most of the running under Daryl Jacob.

The Nick Williams-trained mare was still in front rounding the final turn for home, but Synchronised travelled ominously well and came to challenge for the lead jumping the second-last. Just as it looked as though he would go on to win cosily, L'Aventure came back for more. However, O'Neill's stayer found enough in the testing conditions to score by three-quarters of a length.

"It was a great training performance," declared McCoy. "Jonjo had him in at Cheltenham but thought the ground wasn't soft enough. All credit goes to the trainer."

Elsewhere, Tranquil Tiger justified solid support when landing the sportingbet Supports Heros Winter Derby at Lingfield under Tom Queally.

The six-year-old had been off the track since scoring over course and distance in December but was backed into 11/8 favourite before the off.

Henry Cecil's entire bounced out of the stalls before being held back to settle in behind Suits Me. Queally asked his mount to quicken to the lead rounding the turn for home and quickly put distance between himself and his rivals.

The blinkered runner began to tie up in the closing stages but had the race in safe-keeping and passed the post three-quarters of a length ahead of Suits Me, with Pallodio third.

Meanwhile, after the Walsh clan's success at Cheltenham, Carberry was the name to follow at Gowran Park yesterday.

Paul Carberry rode the first two winners at the Co Kilkenny venue, courtesy of Noel Meade's Jim Bowie (7/4 fav) and Gordon Elliott's Lady Roberta (7/2), while Paul's younger brother Peter John collected aboard 3/1 favourite Plaisir D'Estruval for Arthur Moore in the featured Evening Racing at Gowran Park Hurdle.

Lady Roberta found most when it was needed to go away and beat Playboy Luke by three lengths with a short head back to Fennis Boy.

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