Tony McCoy’s quest continues as he draws a blank at Exeter
The Northern Ireland jump jockey is still two winners short of 4,000 as he heads to Chepstow tomorrow
Jonjo O’Neill walks with Tony McCoy at Exeter racecourse. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Tony McCoy will have to wait until Chepstow tomorrow at the earliest for his 4,000th winner after drawing a blank with three rides at Exeter to remain on the 3,998 mark.
McCoy was narrowly denied in the opening novice hurdle on Flemenson by the Hadden Frost-ridden Rydon Pynes, while his mount in the following race, Keen Eye, never looked like taking a hand in the finish at any stage.
His third ride of the afternoon, Well Hello There, travelled extremely well for much of the three-mile handicap chase but a bad blunder just before the home straight cost him any chance of victory and he was ultimately well beaten.
The 18-times champion jockey has two booked rides at the Welsh venue tomorrow — the Rebecca Curtis-trained El Macca in the R.A.B.I. Gateway Project Maiden Hurdle and Jonjo O’Neill’s Mission Complete, who could be appropriately named should he land the NFU Mutual Supports R.A.B.I. Handicap Hurdle.