Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

McCoy in call for a break

Tony McCoy last night called for a break of up to two weeks at the end of the jumps season.

McCoy was crowned champion jockey for the 15th successive season on Saturday — before riding two winners on Sunday on what was the opening day of the new season!

The Grand National hero, who rode Don’t Push It to victory earlier this month for his first win in the big race, said it was “common sense” that there should be a gap between each season, preferably of 10 days or a fortnight, instead of a new season starting the day after the end of the previous campaign.

“It's common sense to me that when things end, there should be a break,” said the Moneyglass man.

“There should be a defining end and a defining start. The Premier League doesn't finish one day and start the next and Grand Prix motor racing is the same,” he added.

A potential stumbling block to McCoy’s request is that some racecourses would have to give up fixtures to allow a break before the start of the new season.

McCoy travelled by helicopter the 140 miles between Hereford and Huntingdon last night in pursuit of another title, riding a double at the former and following up with a winner at the latter.

Meanwhile, Avenuesnalleyways has every chance of defying a 6lb penalty in the Pegler Yorkshire Handicap at Doncaster today.

Ralph Beckett's charge is untried on turf but his profile is one of rapid improvement and everything he has done so far suggests this first try at a mile will see the upward curve continue.

Beckett's Goolagong has a race like the Atteys Solicitors Maiden Fillies' Stakes within her compass.

She was sent off favourite at Kempton on her reappearance but had no answer to Clairvoyance, who is a decent sort.

There might still be better to come and she is entitled to be sharper for the experience.

Watch Amigo looked a certain future winner when finishing with a rattle on his last run and is the one to be with in the |crownhotel-bawtry.co.uk Handicap.

Walter Swinburn's four-year-old has very few miles on the clock and the way he came home at Pontefract gave plenty of encouragement for the future.

The Royal Applause gelding was doing all his best work at the end on what was just his third run, leaving the impression he would know much more next time.

Racing off the same rating, he looks nailed on to be firmly involved at the business end.

Rigidity has the potential for plenty of improvement this season and is taken to make the perfect start in the totepool A Better Way To Bet Handicap.

The lightly-raced son of Indian Ridge looked a nice prospect in two runs as a juvenile, progressing nicely from a debut second to score with authority on his second and final run at Yarmouth.

It would be no surprise if he ends up much better than this initial mark of 77.

The Godolphin horses seem refreshingly forward at this early stage of the season and Storm Ultralight is one to note in the Free Bet At bluesquare.com Conditions Stakes at Lingfield.

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