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Fit-again McCoy rules out landmark
26 Nov 2014 20:08
Tony McCoy wasted no time in getting back amongst the winners after a three-week lay-off with victory on Southfield Royale at Fontwell.
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However, despite taking his tally for the season to 153 on his only ride of the day, the 19-times UK champion jockey believes the dream of reaching 300 winners by the end of the campaign is out of the question.
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McCoy showed no rustiness nor lack of fitness after recovering from rib and shoulder injuries as he gave the Neil Mulholland-trained four-year-old a typically strong ride to land in the Free Tips At raceclear.co.uk Novices' Hurdle.
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Coologue, the 1-2 favourite, looked to be going well for Noel Fehily, but McCoy asked his mount for extra and Southfield Royale (2-1) obliged to score by two and a half lengths.
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"You can't afford to miss any days and it's impossible to ride 300 winners now. You've got to accept the fact," said McCoy.
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"You've just got to ride as many as you can and hopefully some good ones along the way.
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"I'm very lucky, I've had a lot of good people looking after me.
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"I was slightly worried about the ground (for this horse) as he won his bumper at Market Rasen on better ground, but he's a good type and Neil's done well.
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"He said the more he jumped at home, the better he was.
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"He jumped pretty well for a horse first time and you'd have to like him."
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