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Tony McCoy returns to add to superb tally

By Frank Brownlow

History-maker AP McCoy followed up last weekend's trip to the Down Royal Festival by returning to Ireland yesterday to add to his landmark 4,000th winner which came at Towcester on Thursday.

McCoy triumphed on board Minella Foru – winner number 4,002 after victory on Amore Alato at Wincanton on Saturday – by a length and a half in the Boylesports Novice Hurdle at Navan.

The Ulsterman also collected a €4,000 cheque on behalf of the Jockeys Emergency Fund from sponsors Boylesports in recognition of his 4,000 winner milestone.

The 39-year-old was given a rousing reception upon his return to the winner's enclosure.

"It's all a bit embarrassing, to be honest," he said.

"I'm just trying to get on with my job now and I'm trying to ride another 998 winners and then I can have another day!

"He's a smart horse but it was a messy race and turned into a bit of a sprint, the second (Very Wood) is a smart horse too and it won't have suited him either."

Tony Martin dominated proceedings, with Flemenstar's second successive Fortria Chase triumph the highlight of a treble – Dedigout and Spacious Sky also won – for the Meath trainer.

It was Flemenstar's first start for the trainer since leaving Peter Casey.

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