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Tony McCoy closing in on 4000 after Aintree win

Updated: Sunday, 27 Oct 2013 17:20 | Comments

Tony McCoy is closing in on 4000 career wins
Tony McCoy is closing in on 4000 career wins

Tony McCoy is just 11 winners away from the magical 4,000 over jumps after a double on Eastlake and Deadly Sting at Aintree.

The 18-times champion took another step closer to yet another record-breaking achievement with a brace for trainer Jonjo O'Neill that again illustrated his talents in the saddle.

Fresh from a treble on Saturday, he enjoyed a smooth success in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Handicap Chase on Eastlake, owned by his boss JP McManus, after first Stagecoach Pearl and then Boxer Beat exchanged pacemaking duties.

McCoy brought the 11-4 favourite to lead between the final two fences and go on to triumph by three and a quarter lengths from Anay Turge.

"He jumped really well today and AP gave him a lovely spin round," O'Neill said.

"Some days you think he could be a good horse, but then more times than enough he lets you down.

"He has a wind problem so it depends on how he is on the day, I was delighted to see him go there and jump as well as he did and do his job well.

"We have no target at the moment. We will play it by ear, but we might bring him back here for the Grand Sefton or something like that.

"That might stretch his ability and stamina, but there will be other races for him in the calendar."

McCoy more than earned his riding fee on Deadly Sting (11-8 favourite) after a fierce duel with the Sam Twiston-Davies-ridden Bally Braes in the matalan.co.uk Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

The verdict was a head and the winner had to survive an inquiry after the first two appeared to bump in the closing stages.

Ely Brown made virtually all the running as he landed the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Series Qualifier) for the second successive year.

With the three flights in the straight omitted on both circuits due to the low sun, the race was reduced as a spectacle but that did not stop the 6-5 favourite from dominating proceedings.

Ridden by 10lb claimer Charlie Deutsch and trained by the red-hot Charlie Longsdon, Ely Brown had eight lengths to spare over Gauvain.

"He would have preferred all the jumps but three miles plus is what he wants," Longsdon told Racing UK.

"He's going chasing. That has been the plan this season but we thought this race was the perfect starting point this year."

Samingarry (11-1) outpointed the front-running Abbey Storm to take the Warwick Bifolding Doors Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.

Leading two out under Mark Quinlan, Nigel Hawke's six-year-old went on to score by 10 lengths.

"He was always going to be a chaser. I schooled him at home and he was brilliant from day one and the plan was always to come here," said Hawke, who won the Grand National on Seagram in 1991.

Hawk High (5-2) made a successful switch from Flat to jumps with a pleasing effort in the Dornan Engineering Ltd Introductory Juvenile Hurdle.

Danny Cook brought Tim Easterby's charge, wearing the colours of Trevor Hemmings, to lead before the final flight and bound away to score by nine lengths from Halling's Wish.

Crowning Jewel (8-1) denied Drum Valley by a head in a cracking finish to the Maxilead Metals Handicap Hurdle to strike for trainer Keith Reveley and his jockey son, James.

Royal Regatta (11-4) made a pleasing jumps debut for Philip Hobbs when holding off the race-fit Spirit Of Shankly in the EBF Stallions Matalan "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) in the hands of Richard Johnson.

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