Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

McCoy's Back to the Day Job; Further Victories for BBC Sports Personality Winner

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

McCoy's Back to the Day Job; Further Victories for BBC Sports Personality Winner

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TONY McCoy was back doing what he does best yesterday, riding his first two winners since being crowned the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

McCoy became the first jockey to lift the coveted trophy on Sunday, and after one day of interviews and enforced rest due to the freeze, he returned for a distinctly unglamorous afternoon of allweather bumpers at Kempton.

Rather than risking his already battered frame with potential falls ahead of the William Hill King George VI Chase meeting on Boxing Day, in which the Ulsterman reckoned his ride would "probably be Albertas Run", this was an opportunity to perfect his timing on the Flat.

The meeting was welcomed by trainers, with the two-mile Polytrack races allowing winning jumpers and hurdlers to take part when otherwise they would be cooped up in their stables.

McCoy took a daring path up the inside rail on his first winner, the Nicky Henderson-trained Blue Monster (10-1), in the "Jumpers' Bumper", before Giorgio Quercus took division one of the event with conviction. Now five, but not seen since showing smart juvenile hurdle form in the spring of 2009, the 7-4 favourite Giorgio Quercus was not released from the McCoy grip until deep into the home straight.

"It's better than sitting at home," said the champion. "I'd rather be here than watching it on TV. It actually makes you appreciate how good the guys on the Flat are, you've got to have a lot of respect for them." Of Giorgio Quercus, McCoy added: "He hadn't run for a long time, but he's quite straightforward and I just wanted to make sure he finished his race."

Blue Monster had crept past Paul Nicholls' 11-8 favourite Dark Lover and Henderson's assistant Tom Symonds joked: "Paul just went up to Tony and said, 'I wish I hadn't voted for you now!' It was some ride to go up the inside."

If the King George beats the snow when the now-white covers are peeled off on Sunday, the race could yet feature the Nicholls-trained Noland, who was just beaten by stablemate Pepe Simo (evenmoney favourite) in the Christmas At Kempton "Jumpers' Bumper". …

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