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Tony McCoy is on cloud nine after a triple victory

By Frank Brownlow

Tony McCoy completed an unusual nine-day hat-trick at Sedgefield yesterday.

McCoy rode 8-11 favourite Ever So Much to victory in the Miles For Men Novices Handicap Chase – nothing unusual about that.

But the prolific Ulsterman had ridden the same horse to victory at Southwell on Wednesday – a win that saw Ever So Much handed a 14lb penalty in yesterday's contest.

Ever So Much also won for McCoy at Sedgefield on August 26.

Yesterday's success took the 40-year-old's tally for the season to 122 as he closes in on an incredible 20th successive champion jockey title and steps up his bid to become the first rider to have 300 winners in a season.

McCoy holds the current record of 289.

Joseph O'Brien rode his first winner on the beach yesterday at Laytown's annual fixture in front of over 5,000 racegoers as Gordon Elliott's popular 9-4 market leader Sister Slew got the job done comprehensively in the Marquees Nationwide Claiming Race.

"It's something different and it's nice to ride a winner here," said O'Brien, Irish champion Flat jockey for the last two years.

"Gordon was quite confident she would win and he was spot on," he added.

"She travelled away fine and probably got to the front a bit sooner than ideal but my rhythm was taking me there so I had to stay going.

"In fairness to her, she stuck it out to the line."

O'Brien revealed afterwards that Tramore is now the only track that he has yet to partner a winner at in Ireland.

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