Tony McCoy closes in on 4,000 winners with a double in Wales
TONY McCoy moved to 3,991 career wins over jumps with a double at Ffos Las.
The incredible 4,000-winner milestone is fast approaching for the perennial champion jockey after he secured five victories at Aintree over the weekend and he headed to Wales with a strong book of five rides.
After going down by just a head to Berea Boru aboard the Rebecca Curtis-trained Gate Please in the Racing Post Weekender Out Every Wednesday Maiden Hurdle, McCoy then finished third on the same trainer's Captain Moonman in the Racing Post Weekender Out Tomorrow Handicap Hurdle.
McCoy made it third-time lucky, however, as he drove out Jonjo O'Neill's 7-4 favourite Minella For Steak to a one-and-three-quarter-length victory over Ifyouthinkso in the O'Brien And Partners Handicap Hurdle.
The jockey told At The Races: "He won all right, in fairness. He had one to aim at all the way down the back.
"The amazing thing is he coped with the heavy ground, as his wind has never been great.
"He seemed to jump better than he has in the past.
"The trainers horses are flying and he is placing them well."
McCoy quickly completed a brace as smart hurdler Taquin Du Seuil made a winning start over fences in the Stradey Park Novices' Chase.
Faced with just three opponents, last season's Challow Novices' Hurdle winner was a little deliberate at some of his early fences, but gradually warmed to his task.
O'Neill's 4-9 favourite loomed up ominously alongside Bob Ford in the straight and eased clear from the final fence to score by two lengths.
McCoy said: "He was very professional and jumped pretty well, on the whole.
"He's a proper horse."