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Tony McCoy closes in on 4,000 milestone

Updated: Monday, 04 Nov 2013 07:53 | Comments

Oscar Fortune ridden by Tony McCoy (l) goes on to win the Mr & Mrs Handley Ruby Wedding Novices' Hurdle
Oscar Fortune ridden by Tony McCoy (l) goes on to win the Mr & Mrs Handley Ruby Wedding Novices' Hurdle

Tony McCoy needs four more victories to hit the magic milestone of 4,000 winners over jumps after Oscar Fortune and Red Lion Rock obliged at Carlisle on Sunday.

The 18-times champion jockey had been out of luck with his first two mounts at the Cumbria circuit, but made no mistake aboard Oscar Fortune in the Mr & Mrs Handley Ruby Wedding Novices' Hurdle.

Trained by Jonjo O'Neill, the recent Huntingdon scorer (5-4 favourite) jumped into the lead after the second-last and swiftly exerted full authority over runner-up Deputy Dan, who was a length and three-quarters down at the line.

Oscar Fortune's part-owner, Richard Seed, said: "Eventually he's going to be a three-mile chaser, we hope.

"It will be up to Jonjo where he goes next, but my personal opinion is he's worth a chance (in better company)."

McCoy had to wait until the concluding bumper to secure a double when Red Lion Rock (11-8 favourite) eased a length and three-quarters clear of Chebsey Beau for Northern Ireland trainer James Lambe.

McCoy is booked for three rides at Kempton Park today and is expected at Exeter on Tuesday.

Cloudy Too made an impressive seasonal return in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase, in which McCoy finished second aboard Tap Night.

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