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Magic McCoy hits century mark

By Martin Kelly

Tony McCoy racked up another century of winners before the National Hunt season kicks into top gear when guiding Thespis Of Icaria to victory at Uttoxeter last night.

The 16-times champion jumps jockey is already setting a relentless pace in his quest to retain his crown, and reached yet another landmark in a remarkable career.

The Ulsterman showed his appetite is as strong as ever when guiding home Rebecca Curtis' unbeaten gelding to success in the concluding bumper.

After having drawn a blank from two rides at Sedgefield on Tuesday, McCoy was out of luck in his first three rides at the Midlands track before landing his 100th success of the campaign on the last race on the card.

Despite having to give weight all round, the 4-9 favourite ran out a determined four-and-a-half-length winner, with Court In Session finishing second.

Sam Twiston-Davies rode a 199-1 treble on board Horseshoe Reef, Haldibari and Mad Moose at the same meeting.

Paul Hanagan was cut in price to retain the flat jockeys championship following a 160-1 four-timer at Carlisle.

The northern-based rider was in fine form, rattling off victories aboard Ventura Spirit, Albaspina, Smart Violetta and Smart Step.

Bookies now make him a 1-3 chance (from 8-15) to fend off the challenges of Kieren Fallon and Silvestre de Sousa in the race to become top flat jockey.

Seven Irish raiders take their chance on day two of Doncaster's St Leger Festival this afternoon, with three among a field of seven in the feature, the Park Hill Stakes.

Headed by Dermot Weld's Melbourne Cup entrant Sense Of Purpose, it is a strong delegation for the one-mile-six-furlong Group Two.

The John Murphy-trained Goldplated, successful in a fourth handicap in five starts at Leopardstown on Saturday, steps up in grade, while Spin completes the trio.

Legendary American jockey Julie Krone guided Invincible Hero, the 4/1 favourite, to a three and a half lengths win in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes at Doncaster yesterday.

Laytown hosts its annual Flat fixture on the beach this evening.

A racecourse for one day only, local tides dictate that this year's gathering at the unique Co Meath venue gets under way at 4.45pm.

As ever, it's an occasion that owes as much to novelty as quality, with Irish champion jump jockey Paul Townend among a number of National Hunt riders set to compete at the water's edge.

Ken Condon, the Maynooth handler, is fancied to continue the momentum that has yielded 22 winners since May by scoring with his two runners on the card, Curl Cat and Smoky Cloud.

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