Tony McCoy, 19 times champion jockey was again the star of the show before a large sun drenched crowd at Sunday’s meeting at Market Rasen.
His four winners on the afternoon took him to the 89 mark as he closes in on the fastest century of winners, only three months after the season started. The champ is in the form of his life at the moment.
Lucky Cody (13-8) won the JL Telemarketing Ltd Novices’ Hurdle, the second race on the card, for trainer Brian Ellison. McCoy urged his mount to pick up the pace halfway round on the second circuit and made an early start for home. The duo clattered the last flight heavily, but McCoy stayed on board and got up 14 lengths clear of Handmaid the 5-6 favourite.
Chalk It Down (10-11 favourite) was an easy winner of the feature race the £85,000 ‘Smart-GF Kids Beacon Of Hope Handicap Hurdle’ for trainer Warren Greatrex. This was an easy win for the five-year-old who has a progressive profile. He was a fortunate winner at Bangor on Dee last time out. There was no doubt though about the style of this win. McCoy held his mount up just in behind the leaders before making his move two out when he simply toyed with his rivals to win easily.
McCoy had to work far harder on O’Callaghan Strand, the 4-1 winner of the ‘Office Friends Celebration Handicap Chase.’ Coming over the last fence a local winner looked very much on the cards. Market Rasen trainer Michael Chapman had saddled The Society Man. A second place here last month and a third at Cartmel had given signs of form and with Joe Cornwall on board the seven-year-old had the lead at the last. Two gave chase, Drumlang under Will Kennedy, and O’Callaghan Strand. It was the latter who got up by a head after a typical driving McCoy run.
Chapman said: “I thought when he jumped the last he had it in the bag. But McCoy is in real form. My horse never runs a bad race here but maybe needs three miles. He just got beat in the last 50-yards, but he has been placed in virtually all his recent races.
We are pleased with his run and he will go up to Cartmel in a couple of weeks.”
The diminutive Dorry K (6-4 favourite) took the concluding ‘Plantation Rug Company Handicap Hurdle’ for trainer Jim Best, and completed McCoy’s foursome.
Young jockey Joe Quinlon has only recently ridden out his claim but a bright future beckons. He won the third race the Mark Bates Handicap Chase on board Balinroab (11-2) trained by Richard Guest. Quinlon got his mount in front two out and stayed on well.
The next meeting at Market Rasen is the first of two music nights with ‘Wet Wet Wet’ featuring after racing on Saturday August 16.