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Tony McCoy and Ruby Walsh serve up thrilling Fairyhouse finish

TONY McCoy and Ruby Walsh served up a thrilling finish for Fairyhouse punters in the Weatherbys Ireland GSB Hurdle - with McCoy coming out on top on Ballynacree.

McCoy had already enjoyed a great meeting with four winners but showed he was not done yet on Christy Roche's promising and lightly-raced juvenile.

Ballynacree (3-1) could be spotted travelling well turning into the straight as One Cool Shabra took up his normal front-running role, but tracking him all the way was Walsh on Gorgeous Sixty.

Walsh appeared to be going much the better on Willie Mullins' filly but McCoy's mount found more for pressure and ran out a length and a quarter winner.

McCoy was originally supposed to be riding Edward O'Grady's Sportsmaster but that one was taken out in the morning and as JP McManus owns both horses he switched. Alan Crowe was the unfortunate pilot who missed out.

Roche said: "He's a great big horse and a bit of a trip will help him. He handles soft ground - he loves it.

"I'd imagine he would stay forever and I thought that'd be too short for him but we decided to run when the rain came.

"I'll send him chasing now but that will be in the autumn as he's had a hard season. He's still only learning his trade.

"He's a terrible work horse - he hasn't come up and won yet - he's always behind."