A P McCoy nears 4000 winners
TONY McCOY is now just two away from an incredible 4,000 jumps wins in Britain and Ireland.
He had a short-priced double at Kempton yesterday and heads to Exeter for three rides today, where he rode his first winner back in 1994 on Chickabiddy.
The record-breaking jockey, who is more than 1,000 wins clear of his nearest rival, when asked for his own thoughts on whether Exeter would witness history, McCoy said: “I’ve got three rides, but they are bits of chances.”
His approach to the 4,000 mark has coincided with a number of special bets, such as the offer of 5-1 from Ladbrokes that McCoy will carry on riding to reach 5,000 winners.
McCoy advanced from 3,996 to 3,998 on Monday with wins in Captain Cutter (4-11f) for Nicky Henderson and Foundation Man (11-10f) for Jono O’Neill.
His three scheduled rides at Exeter are Flemenson (1.50), Keen Eye (2.20) and Well Hello There (3.50), all trained by O’Neill.
McCoy added: “I wouldn’t say they are good chances. Flemenson, who I won on at Uttoxeter last time, would be my best chance.”
Officials at Exeter are gearing up for a busy day with an expectant crowd and huge media interest.
Clerk of the course Barry Johnson said: “We are gearing up for what we expect will be a bumper crowd. I would certainly drop everything for the chance to see Tony ride his 4,000th jumps winner, and I’m sure a lot of people feel the same way.”
Melbourne Cup News….result
Red Cadeaux had to settle for second once again as Fiorente claimed the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
The Luca Cumani-trained Mount Athos was third with Willie Mullins’ Simenon fourth to complete a European clean sweep of the minor honours.
Another British raider, Ed Walker’s Ruscello, set the early gallop as the Tom Dascombe-trained Brown Panther was another to race prominently in the early stages for the European contingent.
Ruscello was still in front with six furlongs to run but the challengers were lining up in behind, with Red Cadeaux, who had to contend with a high draw, poised on the outside of the field turning for home.
Fiorente was tracking him though and the pair really started to battle with a furlong to run, with Damien Oliver launching Fiorente on the outside.
While Red Cadeaux responded to Gerald Mosse’s every urging, Fiorente just had too much in reserve and edged in front at the line.
Mount Athos ran a game race up the inside to finish third and hold off Simenon while Marco Botti’s Dandino was noted finishing fast in fifth.
Oliver was claiming his third Melbourne Cup win following Doriemus in 1995 and Media Puzzle in 2002 while Waterhouse was saddling her first winner of the famous race.
The victory was a particular highlight for Oliver, who served a lengthy suspension after admitting backing a rival horse in a race in 2010.
One selection yesterday….and a nice 3/1 winner in ATHENIAN for Sir Mark Prescott’s team…..nice profits to start the week….
Exeter 13.50.…..A P McCoy’s best chance of a winner is FLEMENSON for Jonjo. He’s an impressive Irish point winner and made a successful hurdle debut last month at Uttoxeter…..likely to go off around a best priced 2/1 due to the occasion, but hardly value in a 12 runner novice event.
Exeter 14.50….. CUE CARD attempts to win the race for the second year in a row. He was odds-on when successful 12 months ago and is likely to be a short price again today. Colin Tizzard’s charge landed Grade 1 contests at Ascot and Cheltenham….he will definitely have been prepared for this and we go a win only bet at a best priced 5/4 with SkyBet.
Finally looking for some EW value, we head off to tonights Kempton evening meeting…..
Kempton 17.30……SCOTTISH STAR has claims here. Back on the poly after being beaten in the Silver Cambridgeshire by our 14/1 winning selection that day, Bancnuanaheireann, he can return to form here. Carrying top weight here, he’s well drawn and Ryan Tate takes off a valuable 5lb….a best EW price 13/2 with SkyBet
Kempton 19.00…..APOLLO D’NEGRO has the best draw off the polytrack regulars and looked like returning to form last time out behind Dominium. Adam Kirky can kick him to a first 3 spot at a best priced 10/1 with PaddyPower. He will have to go some to beat Mark Johnston’s Loud, who’s relatively unexposed and off bottom rung at a best priced 6/1 with bet365
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