Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

AP races towards 20th successive champion jockey title

Winner: Tony McCoy steps up his bid to become the first rider to have 300 winners in a season

Tony McCoy's tremendous run of form continued with a double at Fontwell last night, the champion jockey moving on to 92 winners in what is proving a superb season which started just as the Ulsterman turned 40 in May.

If McCoy can ride 100 winners by September 4 it will be his fastest ever century – raising hopes that he can become the first jockey to ride 300 in a season.

AP, racing towards a 20th successive champion jockey title, holds the current record of 289.

Daryl Jacob had to settle for third place on his comeback ride at Fontwell after five months on the sidelines.

Jacob attempted to make all on Norfolk Sky Novices Hurdle, but McCoy never let him out of his sight on My Direction.

The 19-times champion took a narrow lead at the third last and hard though Jacob tried to keep tabs on the new leader, it soon became a lost cause.

My Direction (5-6 favourite) quickly went clear and could afford an untidy jump at the final flight as the John Ferguson-trained four-year-old swept home by 11 lengths to give McCoy his 91st win of the season.

Uriah Heep stuck on for second and finished 11 lengths ahead of Norfolk Sky, Jacob's only booked ride of the evening fixture.

Jacob was returning to action after a broken leg, knee and elbow suffered in a freak fall from Port Melon on the way to the start for the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

McCoy then made it victory number 92 when he triumphed on board 11-2 shot Barton Stacey in the ABP Handicap Hurdle for David Pipe – son of retired trainer Martin Pipe whose mammoth record tally of 4,191 winners the Moneyglass rider broke last month.

Meanwhile, David O'Meara's British raider Custom Cut continued his excellent season with an authoritative display in the Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown last night.

Formerly trained in Ireland by Dermot Weld and George Kent before switching hands for 95,000 guineas last October, the five-year-old has enjoyed a fine debut campaign in Britain, claiming Listed prizes at Windsor and Pontefract as well as running a number of creditable races in defeat.

The five-year-old was a 100-30 chance stepped back up to Group Three level on his return to his homeland and travelled powerfully throughout to win for jockey Daniel Tudhope.

Tudhope, riding his first winner in Ireland, said: "He's a real trier and a tough horse. I was told to have him handy but they were going too quick.

"He really picked up in the straight and is a lovely, genuine type."

Order Of St George was in a different league to his rivals in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, winning by eight and a half lengths.

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