McCoy rides winner on return to saddle while Search For A Song wins Irish St Ledger
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Anthony McCoy returned into your saddle to ride a winner on Quizical in the Pat Smullen Champions Hurry For Cancer Infection Ireland at the Curragh.
McCoy finished on Aussie Valentine, ahead of old friend and Ruby Walsh.
From the St Leger, Search ridden by Chris Hayes and trained by Dermot Weld completed using Southern France third before Kew Gardens .
A win was indicated by victory on the three-year-old in the race to get Hayes.
The 32-year-old previously triumphed on Voleuse De Cours.
Smullen, the nine-time Irish champion flat jockey who’s being treated for pancreatic cancer, even persuaded McCoy and eight other former leading jockeys, such as Walsh and Kieren Fallon, to come out of retirement to share in the apartment race that has increased more than 2m Euro for cancer research. He could not meet plans to ride .
McCoy, the 20-time winner jump of Britain who had been powerful in a listing 4,357 races, had said he would not race-ride again.
On exactly the same card, the unbeaten colt Pinatubo, a part of Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin horse racing and breeding empire, publicly promoted his Vintage credentials for 2020 having a remarkable victory under Travels William Buick from the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes on Irish flat racing’s Champions Weekend.
After a nine-length romp the colt, trained by Charlie Appleby and currently with five wins from five starts, is an even stronger favourite for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.
The result was especially significant for Buick who missed the first four wins due to what is described as’post syndrome’ .
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