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Cheltenham Festival: No winners for Tony McCoy on Ladies Day

By Steven Beacom

After a disappointing opening afternoon at his final Cheltenham before retirement, the legendary Tony McCoy was back in the saddle yesterday aiming to break his 2015 Festival duck. The Ulsterman would be frustrated again.

1.30pm: McCoy gave Parlour Games (13/2) a super ride in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle to finish runner-up in the first race on Ladies Day. Ahead of him was an impressive horse called Windsor Park. Maybe Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans, in attendance as part of a relaxed looking Manchester United party, won a few quid on that one to ease the pain of his six match FA ban!

2.05pm: In the RSA Chase, McCoy was on board If In Doubt (12/1) but he was off the pace and ended up fifth well behind the victorious Don Poli, which gave Irish trainer Willie Mullins another success in a meeting full of them.

2.40pm: There was a huge field in the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle, eventually won by Aux Ptits Soins. McCoy's 12/1 mount Goodwood Mirage was never in contention finishing 17th.

3.20pm: It was after winning his 200th race of this season on Mr Mole at Newbury, that AP announced he was going to retire. Reunited for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, there was to be no glory this time. Dodging Bullets triumphed with Mr Mole (13/2) in eighth.

4.40pm: McCoy didn't have any joy with 13/2 favourite Box Office in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle either. He was seventh with 25/1 shot Qualando victorious.

5.15pm: A tough day for the champion jockey ended with Yanworth finishing fourth in the Wetherbys Champion Bumper, won by Moon Racer.

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