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Tony McCoy puts apprentice in his place with double

By Frank Brownlow

Tony McCoy moved up to 175 winners for the season with a double at Ffos Las as he marched relentlessly towards a 20th successive champion jockey title.

And at the same meeting, a rising star with designs on the title in future years, 22-year-old Sam Twiston-Davies, hit his century for the season.

Richard Johnson is in second place in the title race on 108, with Twiston-Davies in third.

Ulsterman McCoy (40) won on board Beast Of Burden and Foryourinformation - both for Rebecca Curtis - while Twiston-Davies was triumphant on Foxbridge.

Co Tyrone trainer Andy Oliver won the concluding Dundalk Stadium Maiden last night with Heart In The Air.

The 9-4 shot was ridden by Conor Hoban.

There were also wins at Dundalk for Your Pal Tal, Robin's Choice, Sister Slew, Indian Landing, Sharjah and Bomber Jackson.

Trainer Nicky Richards and jockey Brian Harding stole the limelight at Ayr with an 83-1 four-timer courtesy of Sir Vinski, Teddy Tee, Cultram Abbey and Another Bill.

While it was the third time in his career with four winners on a card for Richards, it was a first for veteran rider Harding.

"I think I've done it twice before. I did it at Perth one day and I may have done it at Wetherby as well," said the Greystoke handler.

"We've had a great day. The last horse (Another Bill) is a lovely horse - I think he'll make a smashing horse next year."

Another Bill (11-10 favourite) put the seal on a fine day for the pair when following up his course success on his debut nine weeks ago in the Download The BetVictor Instabet App Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

The five-year-old, who was giving weight all round, denied Stuart Crawford's Irish raider Baby Bach by a head after a pulsating duel up the straight. The front two pulled 28 lengths clear of Jack Steel in third.

Cultram Abbey (7-2) lifted the feature race on the card, the Best Odds Guaranteed At Handicap Hurdle.

Harding delivered the eight-year-old to challenge the pace-setting Stopped Out in the straight and make a winning move between the last two flights.

Mijhaar, the 9-4 favourite, tried to peg him back but was well held by four lengths. Stopped Out was a gallant third, another three and a half lengths away.

Sir Vinski (8-13 favourite) got the ball rolling for Richards and Harding, although he was made to fight to land the odds in the Maiden Hurdle.

The six-year-old dug deep to open his account over jumps by half a length from Calivigny after showing promise when third on his hurdling bow at Newcastle five weeks ago.

Teddy Tee (9-2) displayed loads of stamina to get off the mark in the £25 Free Bet At Handicap Hurdle.

Running for the first time in a handicap after cutting little ice in three maiden events over shorter distances, Teddy Tee appreciated a sterner test as he led between the final two flights to score by four and a half lengths from Nosey Box.

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