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 in the Pat Smullen Champions Hurry For Cancer Infection Ireland at the Curragh.
McCoy, 45, who murdered in 2015, finished ahead of Ruby Walsh and old friend, on Aussie Valentine.
In the Irish St Leger, Search ridden by Chris Hayes and trained by Dermot Weld finished before Kew Gardens party.
Another triumph was indicated by victory on the three-year-old for Hayes in the race.
The 32-year-old previously triumphed six years ago on Voleuse De Cours.
Smullen, the nine-time Irish champion flat jockey who’s being treated for pancreatic cancer, also persuaded McCoy and eight other former leading jockeys, such as Walsh and Kieren Fallon, to come out of retirement to get involved in the flat race that has increased over 2m Euro for cancer study. He couldn’t meet plans to ride himself.
McCoy, Britain’s 20-time champion jump jockey who had been powerful in a races, had said he would not race-ride again.
On the exact same card, the unbeaten colt Pinatubo, a part of Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin horse racing and breeding empire, openly promoted his Vintage credentials for 2020 having a spectacular success under jockey William Buick from the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes on Irish apartment racing’s Champions Weekend.
Following a nine-length romp, the colt, trained by Charlie Appleby and today with five wins out of five starts, is a much stronger favourite for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.
The end result was significant for Buick who missed the initial four wins due to what’s described as’article syndrome’ .
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