Champion jockey Tony McCoy stars at Bank Holiday Cartmel races as trainer James Moffatt secures second-place finishes (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Champion jockey Tony McCoy stars at Bank Holiday Cartmel races as trainer James Moffatt secures second-place finishes
CHAMPION jockey Tony McCoy was the star of the show at the second stage of Cartmel’s three-day Spring Bank Holiday meeting with a hat-trick of wins on Monday.
McCoy rode two winners on Saturday and was quickly on the mark again with Never Never for renowned trainer Donald McCain in the Rowleys Catering At Cartmel Four Years Old Novices Hurdle.
He followed this up with victory on the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Clues And Arrows in the Tony Connell Memorial Novices Hurdle.
McCoy completed his three-timer and second winner on the day for McCain with another impressive performance on Any Given Day.
The nine-year-old favourite beat the fast finishing Maybe I Wont, ridden by Brian Hughes, in the closing Swan Hotel & Spa Handicap Hurdle.
Maybe I Wont was one of a number of entries from the stables of Cartmel trainer James Moffatt, with Dumbarton coming fourth in the same race behind Maller Tree.
Moffatt also had a second-place finish in Saturday’s Maiden Hurdle with May’s Boy, which eased towards the finish in a race won by Cockney Class.
Captain Brown and Redpender also ran and while satisfied in some respects, Moffatt –who has clocked up close to 100 National Hunt and Flat winners since 2004 – has loftier aims.
“We’ve had five second-place finishes in the last three weeks and ask any racing person and second shows the horses are in good form but you need to be hitting the target,” he said.
“May’s Boy has been dead consistent since we got him last year so he should go to Cartmel again in July and follow a similar path as Smart Ruler last year.
“Smart Ruler finished second in the corresponding hurdle and went on o to win the maiden hurdle in July so that would be his plan.
“We were pleased with Dumbarton and would like to think he would win next time he runs while Maybe I Wont bounced back to a bit of form.
“He probably had his career-best performance on Monday. That horse has been a little revelation and should go back for the £25,000 race in July all being well.”
Meanwhile, Jurisdiction shrugged off more than a year’s absence to win the Burlington Stone Grand Veterans Handicap Chase.
Wilson Renwick took Jurisdiction to the front with the ten-year-old battling away to repel all challengers before blundering at the second last to hand the advantage to Bradley.
However, Bradley repaid the compliment with a mistake at the final fence which returned the lead to Jurisdiction, with Rose Dobbin’s runner holding off Rebecca’s Choice with something in hand.
Renwick was completing a 29-1 double after winning the Bet On All UK Racing With Totepool Handicap Chase on the Ann Hamilton-trained Edmund.
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