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Tony McCoy up to Speed at double

Tony McCoy scored a double at Ffos Las yesterday, winning on Mickmacmagooleat 5/1 and 13/8 favourite Speed Master.

Mickmacmagoole, trained by Evan Williams, had failed to attract a bid when successful in a selling contest at Ludlow four weeks ago and showed he was better than that with a ready performance.

Champion jockey McCoy had the nine-year-old up with the pace in a tightly-knit pack and the 5-1 shot battled on well to beat Sparrow Hills by two and three-quarter lengths, with Zakatal another two lengths away third.

“Mickmac is a horse that's been plagued with problems. That win in a seller the other day just helped him enormously confidence-wise,” said Williams, who enjoyed an across-the-card double after scoring with Alla Svelta at Newton Abbot.

“He's been a happier horse since and I'm over the moon with him. He's a strange old horse. He's had a lot of problems with bursting blood vessels and things like that.

“Horses like him can come right if you can just help them with their confidence. Dropping in grade last time helped him and he's gone and done it nicely.”

Trainer Michael Blanshard belatedly opened his account for the jumps season, and in some style, with a quickfire 134-1 double thanks to Katchmore and The Composer in the first two races.

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