Cloud bursts Beattie bubble

Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy

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Tony McCoy rode a superb double to deny Beattie Green back-to-back wins at Fontwell yesterday.

After steering Award Winner to victory earlier on the action-packed eight-race card, the champion jockey teamed up with Amber Cloud to defeat David Pipe’s filly by four lengths in the Join 888Sport, Get £50 Free Bets Mares’ Bumper.

Beattie Green, triumphant in a bumper at the course back in January, was sent off the 11/10-favourite on her return to West Sussex.

And the four-year-old was ridden to lead entering the final furlong as jockey Tom Scudamore eyed victory.

However, the 7lb penalty for her debut success ultimately cost her dear as McCoy’s debut-making mount, who is trained by Jonjo O’Neill, produced a telling turn of foot to draw clear up the hill and win at 7/2.

Award Winner provided McCoy’s first victory on the card – justifying 5/4-favouritism to land the FSB Print And Mail Handicap Hurdle with ease.

Brendan Powell, who trains the victor, was earlier celebrating success with 12/1-shot Yemeni Princess in the FSB Business Banking Novices’ Hurdle.

West Sussex handler Sheena West kicked off the meeting in style as her filly High Note won the FSB 24/7 Legal Advice Line Juvenile Hurdle.

Sent off at 10/1, the daughter of Acclamation tired between the last two flights but plugged on gamely to beat McCoy and Cuban Piece by eight lengths.

Odds-on favourite Fine Lace won the FSB Lobbying For Small Business Handicap Chase.

The 8/11-shot was eased down as he won by 17 lengths from The Grey One.

Will Kennedy climbed aboard Free Falling to win the FSB Card Payment Processing Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at 12/1.

Ballagio landed a 5/1 gamble in the FSB Finance For Business Handicap Chase, holding off course regular Morestead.

And the penultimate race – the FSB Data Services Handicap Chase – went to Orion Star.

The Seamus Mullins-trained 7/2-shot beat Captain Beckett by three-and-a-half lengths.

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