Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Tony McCoy bags treble despite early fall

Tony McCoy won the opener at Plumpton yesterday, fell in the next then picked himself up to win two of the next three races for a superb 65-1 treble.

The Moneyglass man, named BBC Sports Personality last month, won the attheraces.com Novices Hurdle on board Gibb River before taking a tumble from Giorgio Quercus in the next, the attheraces Sky 415 Novices Chase.

Tullamore Dew put up a sterling front-running display to land the race, the even-money favourite jumping superbly all the way round and pulling out more when tackled by McCoy’s mount.

Giorgio Quercus and McCoy came down two fences from home which left the Nick Gifford-trained nine-year-old, ridden by Liam Treadwell, to win by seven lengths from Norman The Great.

Treadwell said: “We've only gone steady in front, I've gone my own gallop, but when AP (McCoy) came to my girth (on Giorgio Quercus) I'm quickening up.

“It was difficult to tell if I had him beat. I had a look across and could see he was nudging away.”

Before his fall, McCoy had enjoyed that easy success on Gibb River.

He pushed the 6-4 favourite into the lead before the second-last and Nicky Henderson's promising five-year-old went on to score a seven-length success from Mr Muddle. Bookies gave Gibb River a 25-1 quote for the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham.

After his fall McCoy triumphed on Mister Hyde, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, getting his nose in front at a similar stage in the attheraces.com EBF Novices Hurdle, the 15-8 favourite scoring by two and a three-quarter lengths from 40-1 outsider Charming Lad.

McCoy completed his trio with a spare ride when he replaced the flu-stricken 7lb claimer Matt Crawley on Manshoor (8-1).

Lucy Wadham's runner kept on stoutly to defeat the strong-finishing Beside The Fire by two lengths.

Meanwhile, bookies feel McCoy could finally land the Welsh National at Chepstow on Saturday.

The Ulsterman’s mount, Synchronised, was last night cut to |6-1 from 7-1. Robbie Hennessy would love Sublimity to land his first success for over two years in the McCarthy Insurance Group Hurdle at Cork today.

The 2007 Champion Hurdle hero has had several stiff tasks since he won the December Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown at Christmas 2008.

Third in the Irish Champion Hurdle last January, he was a well-beaten last of four behind Solwhit on his return to action at Punchestown in November.

Sublimity is now dropped in class when he faces just four rivals as he bids for a confidence-boosting victory.

“He's in great form. We've been up to Dundalk with him the last few weeks because of the bad weather to keep him on the go,” said the County Meath trainer.

“We've got some good work into him, so he's not short on fitness. He's spot on. The last day he was up against the big boys and on ground which he hates. The ground will probably be soft, but there are no Grade One horses in it so I'm expecting a big run.

“We've entered him for the Irish Champion Hurdle later this month. If the ground came up good he might take his chance.”

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