McCoy rides winner on return to saddle while Search For A Song wins Irish St Ledger
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Anthony McCoy returned to ride a winner on Quizical at the Pat Smullen Champions Hurry For Cancer Trials Ireland at the Curragh.
McCoy, 45, who murdered in 2015, finished ahead of rival Ruby Walsh and friend, on Aussie Valentine.
In the St Leger, Look for a Song, trained by Dermot Weld and ridden by Chris Hayes finished together using all Southern France third ahead of Kew Gardens party.
Victory on the three-year-old indicated a win to get Hayes in the race.
The 32-year-old previously surfaced on Voleuse De Cours.
Smullen, the nine-time Irish champion flat jockey who’s being treated for pancreatic cancer, persuaded McCoy and eight other former top jockeys, such as Walsh and Kieren Fallon, to come out of retirement to participate in the race that has increased over 2m Euro for cancer research. He could not match plans to ride because of the illness.
The winner jump of Britain who had been successful in a record 4,357 races, mcCoy, had said he would not race-ride again.
On precisely the identical card, the unbeaten colt Pinatubo, part of Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin horse racing and breeding empire, openly promoted his Vintage credentials for 2020 using a dramatic success under jockey William Buick in the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes on Irish apartment racing’s Champions Weekend.
After a nine-length romp the colt, trained by Charlie Appleby and with five wins from five starts, is an preferred for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.
The result was especially important for Buick who missed the first four wins due to what is described as’article head-injury syndrome’ following a fall which kept him out of the saddle from May to August.
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