Tony McCoy finishes the year in style
Champion jockey Tony McCoy ended 2009 on a high by signing off the year with a near 742-1 treble at Warwick courtesy of wins from Leo's Lucky Star, Afistfullofpebbles and Prince Geeno.
Leo's Lucky Star was first off the mark when completing a clean sweep of victories across all codes in the Jockey Club Catering Beginners' Chase.
The Roger Brookhouse-owned gelding was a winner on the level for Mark Johnston and has posted numerous successes over timber for David Pipe.
The 8-1 chance tried his hand at chasing in the spring of 2008 without much success but his latest attempt proved much more fruitful as he came clear to thwart the challenge of 11-10 favourite Quartz De Thaix by six lengths.
Pipe said: “That was a good performance and I think he will improve for the run.
“The ground would have been soft enough for him but his jumping was very good and Tony said he was very quick over his fences which should serve him well in the future.
“He was a decent hurdler so hopefully he will make up into a decent chaser.”
Pipe provided McCoy's final winner too as 13-2 chance Prince Geeno took the Help For Heroes Novices' Handicap Hurdle, while he donned JP McManus' famous green and gold silks aboard Jonjo O'Neill's Afistfullofpebbles (10-1) in the Mercia Handicap Chase.
O'Neill commented: “Tony got him jumping and as he ran past horses his confidence increased, which has made the difference.”
The Ulsterman missed out on a huge four-timer as O'Neill's Salpierre was relegated to second by Awesome Freddie (3-1) in the Anabel And Anabel's Sister Standard Open Flat Race.
Footy Facts (9-4) ran out an easy winner of the Kathleen Clarke 80th Birthday Hurdle at snow-swept Punchestown — defeating Hardy Eustace, which could spell retirement for the dual Champion Hurdle winner.
Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson's growing appetite for jumps racing has prompted him to transfer Broomielaw, his talented Flat performer, to Paul Nicholls for an imminent campaign over hurdles.
The son of Rock Of Gibraltar moved from Ed Dunlop's Newmarket stable. Named after a stretch of waterfront in Glasgow, where Ferguson grew up, Broomielaw has since schooled with promise over hurdles.