Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

McCoy at the Double

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

McCoy at the Double

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Byline: By William Hayler

Champion jockey Tony McCoy kept the winners coming with a double at Wincanton yesterday.

The Ulsterman got off the mark for the afternoon when Cool Monty comfortably took the David Cartwright 60th Birthday Handicap Chase.

The Andrew Balding-trained 9-2 chance came into the race with doubts hanging over his stamina, not to mention the fact that he was racing off his highest-ever handicap mark.

But Cool Monty had the race in safe keeping from some way out and strode home in his own time to beat Giorgio by 11 lengths.

"He jumps so well and he doesn't take too much out of himself," said Balding's father Ian. "It's just a shame that the owners are abroad because they would have loved to have been here."

McCoy looked set to follow up when Whitenzo went to the front in the following HMG Paints Handicap Chase, seemingly travelling smoothly.

But not for the first time, the Paul Nicholls-trained favourite contrived to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and faded quickly when headed by 8-1 winner Bathwick Annie at the third-last fence.

Disappointing on her two previous starts this season, trainer Paul Keane explained: "She has been on a course of thyroxin because she has been suffering from an overactive thryoid gland. Mick (FitzGerald) is now three out of three for me over fences and he gave her a great ride."

Keane added that Bathwick Annie had also benefited from a recent session with a reiki healing therapist, Charlotte Watt.

Nicholls, meanwhile, was having a day to forget until Oracle des Mulottes obliged in the Alfred's Tower Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.

Pulled up in the early stages at Exeter only three days ago, the 15-2 winner made a quick reappearance to land the spoils here in convincing fashion.

"He made a mistake at the third at Exeter and Ruby (Walsh) thought he had gone lame and pulled him up straight away," Nicholls explained.

"He was doing the right thing but we had really fancied him there and as soon as he came back there didn't seem to be anything wrong with him. It was just one of those things but at least the horse has put things right today. …

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