Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Tony McCoy chasing more National glory

Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy’s superb run of form continued with a double at Hereford yesterday — following on from a treble at Plumpton the day before — while his hopes of landing the last big race to elude him increased.

McCoy’s chances of winning a first Welsh National on Saturday grew yesterday when last year’s Irish National winner Bluesea Cracker was withdrawn from the big race. Bluesea Cracker was found to be lame, and Synchronised — McCoy’s mount for the rescheduled Chepstow showpiece — has been cut to clear 5-1 favourite.

McCoy’s emotional victory in the Aintree Grand National in April was the key to his victory in BBC Sports Personality last month.

McCoy rode Nicky Henderson’s Whoops A Daisy (100-30) to victory in division one of the Lindley Catering Maiden Hurdle yesterday. Second in a Warwick bumper in November, she made a smooth transition to the sticks by seeing off 5-4 favourite Charminster by five lengths.

“Jumping was always going to be her thing, she handled the ground well and will get further,” said Henderson's assistant trainer Tom Symonds.

Moneyglass man McCoy, chasing a 16th successive champion jockey title, then drove out Salpierre (5-2 favourite) to complete a double on a step up in trip in the Lindley Catering First For Conferences Handicap Hurdle.

Meanwhile, Benburb trainer Jim Lambe had a winner at Ayr yesterday, Schindlers Society (6-1) triumphing in the Victor Chandler Handicap Chase.

Trainer Jim Goldie and jockey Richie McGrath teamed up for a treble at Ayr — Wind Shuffle, Arctic Court and Bene Lad all doing the business.

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