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Prolific Tony McCoy set for double century at Newbury


Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy


Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy moved to within two winners of a double century for the campaign when triumphing on board Minella Rocco at Kempton - and should rack up the 200 at Newbury today.

McCoy has plenty of potential winners at the Berkshire track including Qewy, Milan Bound, Taquin Du Seuil, Mr Mole, Goodwood Mirage and Skywards Reward.

The Ulster great - who will be crowned champion jockey for a 20th successive time in April - is in action at Leopardstown tomorrow, riding Carlingford Lough in the Hennessy Gold Cup as well as several other quality mounts on the card.

Minella Rocco is owned by JP McManus and the Irish point winner clearly has a bright future, having cost £260,000.

McCoy (40) said: "He was very professional. He's a big horse and cost a lot of money, and you can see why.

"I don't think he's mentally sharp enough for Cheltenham, but we'd know more about him after another run."

Minella Rocco, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, took the notable scalp of Nicky Henderson's West Wizard in the New Racing UK iPad App Novices Hurdle.

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For the fourth time in as many starts West Wizard went off an odds-on favourite, only for his ever inflated bubble to be burst.

Approaching two out Barry Geraghty looked as happy as McCoy, but when it came to the crunch Minella Rocco found more to score going away.

Third Intention pulled off a minor shock when showing battling qualities that had been absent from his demeanour to overturn 1-2 shot Josses Hill in the Racing UK 1 Price 3 Devices Graduation Chase.

Colin Tizzard is keen to point his winner at the Topham Trophy, with Cheltenham not a certain port of call ahead of Aintree.

His son and assistant Joe said: "We asked Daryl (Jacob) to let the horse enjoy himself. In the past he's folded up, but today he didn't.

"He's in the Ryanair and we might look at that.

"But the one we like is the Topham as we think his jumping would stand him in good stead over the National fences."

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