Friday 23 February 2018

McCoy works magic on Time To think to land double

AP McCoy: Warwick double
AP McCoy: Warwick double

Thomas Kelly

SEAMUS MULLINS' eventful journey to Warwick was all worthwhile as Tony McCoy worked a bit of his typical magic on Time To Think in the TurfTV Handicap Chase.

The 2/1 favourite had a good record in heavy ground last spring, but looked an unlikely heroine until the final stages when McCoy summoned a final effort to get her a neck past Sam Twiston-Davies and Have You Seen Me.

"I thought I was going to be the only trainer AP hadn't ridden a winner for," said Mullins.

"We had a blowout on the A34 this morning and that was two tyres and £600. I had to wait with the box, but luckily Rob Walford was going the same way and he picked up the mare and took her here. I made it here only 10 minutes before the race."

McCoy cut it similarly fine when scoring on Hawk High (6/4) to initiate a double on his only other mount.

The champion jockey expects to make a very late call on what he will ride in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

McCoy can currently pick from two leading lights, with Nicky Henderson's My Tent Or Yours and the Jessica Harrington-trained Jezki both carrying the colours of his boss JP McManus.

Jezki will have another go at undisputed two-mile king Hurricane Fly at Leopardstown on Sunday when they renew rivalries in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

Hurricane Fly held sway when they clashed over Christmas, although many felt Jezki would have been a little closer had he enjoyed a bit better luck in running.

"It's not going to be an easy task taking on Hurricane Fly, that's for sure," said McCoy. "I'll leave the decision on what I'll ride in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham until the day before."

* The meeting scheduled for Uttoxeter tomorrow has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track and more rain expected in the area.

Irish Independent

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