Tony McCoy can inspire Hero
Published 12/01/2011 | 00:00
Tony McCoy can guide Local Hero to victory at Doncaster today following on from yesterday’s Leicester double.
The Moneyglass man, chasing his 16th successive champion jockey title, was victorious yesterday on Featherbed Lane and Dormouse, both for trainer Anabel King.
Local Hero could be a really nice prospect for Steve Gollings and can make it two wins from as many starts over timber in the Atteys Solicitors Juvenile Hurdle today.
A progressive maiden winner on the Flat, where he numbered Henry Cecil's Protaras among his scalps, the four-year-old made the perfect start to his new career when sluicing up by six lengths at Wetherby in November, doing it mostly on the bridle.
The Robert Mills-trained But Beautiful was not a cheap purchase as a yearling but she can pay back another fraction of her price with victory at Kempton today.
The daughter of Pivotal already started to recoup a bit of her 320,000 guineas tag with success here last month.
That was a run which also offered much for the future as the penny did not drop instantly and she had a fair bit to do as the business end approached.
With that in mind, the step up to seven furlongs in the Racing At skysports.com Fillies' Handicap is only going to be a help on what will be a first start in this sphere.
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Lightly raced for a six-year-old, the Captain Rio gelding ran a cracker on his return from an absence of some 20 months at Southwell in December.
He failed by a short head to reel in Colorus, giving the winner 6lb which made him the best horse in the race on the figures.
That was his first start for Michael Hetherington, who has a well handicapped horse at the moment, one capable of winning a race like this.