Tony McCoy’s relentless march towards a record 17th champion jockey title continued yesterday with a double at Worcester.
But it was a meeting which illustrated the precarious nature of the sport with Willie Twiston-Davies, who should one day be a serious challenger for the Ulsterman’s crown, suffering a broken left ankle in a heavy fall.
The 16-year-old son of trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies had only just returned to action on Sunday — making his professional debut and winning on his sole ride — after four months on the sidelines with a broken right leg.
Twiston-Davies was unseated from Ballygulleen at the second fence of the Ladbrokes Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase — a race eventually won by Papradon, trained by his father and ridden by his brother Sam Twiston-Davies.
The teenager was taken to the Worcester Royal Hospital and underwent surgery last night.
McCoy has sustained more than his fair share of injuries over the years and, at the age of 37, still thrives on the thrill of victory.
The Moneyglass man won on Bobs Law (5-6) and Pullyourfingerout (7-2) yesterday to take his tally for the current campaign to 83 — already 37 ahead of nearest challenger Jason Maguire.
“It’s winning that drives me on and makes me happy,” said McCoy, the current BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The championship, which McCoy won with 218 winners last time around, runs until April.
An easy success for the Marcus Tregoning-trained Cavaleiro was the highlight of a Hayley Turner three-timer at Chepstow.
It was no surprise to see Cavaleiro take the Weatherbys Private Banking Maiden Stakes by three lengths without any fuss at all, as he was the 2-7 favourite off the back of good runs behind Caledonian Spring at Ascot and Martin Chuzzlewit at Sandown.
Turner's other two were not as clear-cut, guiding Mark Usher's Sweet Ovation (6-1) through late in the digibet.com Nursery before the John O'Shea-trained Swendab (7-4 favourite) clung on in the Rhomco Handicap.