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Jezki returns with a victory as Tony McCoy edges closer to milestone

Updated: Friday, 01 Nov 2013 16:54 | Comments

Tony McCoy partnered Jezki to an impressive victory
Tony McCoy partnered Jezki to an impressive victory

Tony McCoy moved to within eight victories of the magic 4000-winner mark over jumps when Jezki made a smooth return to the track at Down Royal.

The 18-times champion jockey was out of luck on the first of two rides at the Northern Ireland circuit, but made no mistake in the Grade Two WKD Hurdle over two miles.

His task was, however, made pretty easy as Jezki proved a most willing ally.

Jessica Harrington's five-year-old, owned by JP McManus, was a three-times Grade One scorer last season and carried on the good work here.

With no-one keen to make the running, it was left to McCoy to cautiously take the initiative aboard the 2-9 favourite.

It might not have been an ideal scenario, but Jezki jumped with typical efficiency from the outset.

But such was the soporific early pace, it was no surprise to see most of the runners tightly bunched with two flights remaining.
Flaxen Flare even jumped the penultimate hurdle in unison with McCoy's partner, but Harrington's inmate soon blunted that rival's challenge along the home straight.

The Paul Nicholls-trained Caid Du Berlais then charged into contention, but he had no match for Jezki's finishing kick and was comprehensively defeated.  

Jessica Harrington won both the big races on the card as 11-4 chance Gambling Girl took the step up to Grade Three class in her stride in the EBF Lough Construction Ltd Mares Novice Hurdle.

Robbie Power eased her into the lead after the second-last flight and though she made a complete hash of the last, she had plenty in the locker and picked up again to beat Roja Dove by eight lengths.

Tom Taaffe's ultra-consistent grey Gold Bullet (5-2 favourite) put up an eyecatching display on his introduction to fencing in the Porter & Co Beginners Chase, taking command going to two out under Ruby Walsh and finishing five lengths clear with the minimum of fuss.

Patrick Downey brought The King Of Brega (9-2) back from a year and a half off to win easily at Thurles last week and the six-year-old followed up in the Allianz Handicap Hurdle, leading for most of the way under Robbie Colgan and coasting in by 10 lengths.

Doesheeverstop put his experience to good use in a messy race for the Eventsec Maiden Hurdle, in which there were plenty in with a chance in the closing stages.

Michael Hourigan's 20-1 shot broke his duck in winning by three-quarters of a length under Andrew McNamara. 

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