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Tony McCoy put his disappointing weekend behind him by bouncing back to winning ways at Ffos Las.

The champion jockey suffered three successive crunching falls at Ascot on Saturday, which included Albertas Run, who was leading Master Minded when coming to grief in the Amlin 1965 Chase.

McCoy sat out racing on Sunday in order to recover, but was back in the groove in Wales as he guided the Rebecca Curtis-trained Teaforthree (4-5 favourite) to victory in the Integral Geotechnique “National Hunt” Novices' Hurdle.

“It's nice to get round and have a winner after a disappointing Saturday,” McCoy said.

“I was trying to stretch Master Minded.

“At the last fence down the back he (Albertas Run) was going to be very long at it so I let him do his own thing and I shouldn't have done.

“Believe it or not I don't have that many Saturday horses to ride, so to have one of them fall was disappointing.”

The jockey is hoping for better luck this weekend when he will get the leg up on reigning champion hurdler Binocular in Newcastle's Fighting Fifth Hurdle.

“Binocular and Albertas Run are the only real Grade One horses I've got,” McCoy continued.

“I schooled Binocular last week and he seems in tip-top shape. He's basically the one I've been looking forward to all year.”

Of Teaforthree, Curtis added: “He's a chaser really and will be a nice horse for next year.”

Meanwhile, Dermot Weld's Ascot Gold Cup winner Rite Of Passage is unlikely to run over hurdles this season.

The six-year-old is unbeaten on the Flat and was last seen springing a surprise when winning the Gold Cup at Ascot in June.

“We were going to go for the Melbourne Cup but then we decided we'd give him a bit more time and we've yet to decide whether we go hurdling with him this winter,” explained Weld

“It would appear less likely and obviously we'd like to have a crack at winning another Gold Cup.”

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