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Tony McCoy piles pressure on rivals

By Frank Brownlow

Tony McCoy bagged a double at Catterick the day after his closest rival for the champion jockey title, Jason Maguire, racked up his century of winners for the season.

It just went to emphasise that McCoy's march towards an unprecedented 19th successive title is virtually unstoppable, with his only potential challengers – Maguire, Richard Johnson and Noel Fehily – all over 60 winners behind.

The prolific Ulsterman opened his account yesterday on board Brian Ellison's Magic Skyline in the Fillies Juvenile Hurdle.

Ellison was quick to pay tribute to McCoy's efforts on board a horse that had a breathing problem earlier in the season.

"I told AP (McCoy) to get her back and give her a chance. He's different gear and when he's available you have to use him," he said.

The 39-year-old also steered Tim Easterby's Getabuzz (5-2) to victory in the Go Racing At Wetherby Novices Hurdle.

Meanwhile, Big Buck's is 6-4 favourite to regain his World Hurdle crown on March 13 after the current champion Solwhit was ruled out with a fetlock injury.

Legendary Big Buck's, who has not raced since December 2012 when he won for an 18th successive time, is going for his fifth victory in the big race, one of the Cheltenham Festival features.

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