Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Double takes Tony McCoy within two of fastest ton

Tony McCoy moved to within two winners of his fastest ever century thanks to a 16-1 double at Worcester last night
Tony McCoy moved to within two winners of his fastest ever century thanks to a 16-1 double at Worcester last night

Tony McCoy moved to within two winners of his fastest ever century thanks to a 16-1 double at Worcester last night.

The prolific Ulsterman won the opener on American Legend and completed his brace with victory on Mr Burgees.

McCoy's quickest ton was achieved by September 4 so the 40-year-old should manage the feat with some ease – which would raise hopes of the Moneyglass man becoming the first jockey to ride 300 winners in a season.

McCoy holds the current record of 289, which he set in 2002.

McCoy passed the unprecedented 4,000 winner mark last November and at his current strike rate would need only two more seasons to get close to 5,000.

Meanwhile, the Ontoawinner partnership hit the target with Yarmouth scorer Frontline Phantom.

The Karl Burke-trained seven-year-old was adding to his victory at Doncaster four days earlier with a convincing triumph in the Don & Shirley Miller Diamond Anniversary Handicap

Frontline Phantom was the Ontoawinner team's 49th victory since the syndicate was set up in 2011, with 20 of those wins coming this season.

Burke is also having a fantastic season, and brought up a half-century for the campaign when the 4-5 favourite obliged by two and a half lengths.

It was a third career win for apprentice jockey Peter Sword, who was on board at Doncaster on Saturday.

"I knew he was in good form and he loves it around here," said Sword.

"He loves that long straight, it's similar to Doncaster.

"He didn't really cope with the pace early on – I had to niggle him a bit – but then he came back on the bridle and I got a nice gap on the inside," explained the jockey.

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