McCoy shows his class in fine Fontwell double

Meneur bounced back from this fall at Newbury in November to finish second at Fontwell yesterday
Meneur bounced back from this fall at Newbury in November to finish second at Fontwell yesterday
Fourth Act and Harry Cobden on their way to victory on Sunday. Picture: Fontwell Park

Fontwell glory caps fine weekend for duo

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Champion jockey Tony McCoy defied top weight not once but twice to record a stunning double at Fontwell yesterday.

The prolific rider joined forces with trainer Jonjo O’Neill and owner Gay Smith to land consecutive triumphs on Rapid Increase and I Can Run Can You.

The former was a 6/1 winner in the Betfair Supports Pride of Racing Award Handicap Chase, comfortably seeing off runner-up Topless by 16 lengths.

Then, half-an-hour later, McCoy was back in the West Sussex winner’s enclosure with I Can Run Can You.

This time he beat off the challenge of Tom Molloy on Hurricane Electric to win the Betfair Funds The PJA Doctor Handicap Hurdle by more than two lengths.

It was the five-year-old son of Old Vic’s first career triumph, and for Smith, who tasted Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle success with Black Jack Ketchum back in 2006, it completed a 20/1 Fontwell double.

Charlie Mann saddled Sum Laff to a narrow triumph in the opening race – the Platinum Lace Gentlemen’s Club, Brighton Novices’ Hurdle – as yesterday’s seven-race card began in competitive fashion.

He landed odds of 6/4 with a one-and-a-quarter length victory over Vincitore – his first victory under rules – although the former pointer had a little more in hand.

Piment D’Estruval justified 11/4-favouritism in the Betfair Sponsors At Every UK Racecourse Handicap Chase but only by a head from Gary Moore’s Meneur.

Gurtacrue, who headed the betting for the Betfair Sponsors Lambourn Open Day Maiden Hurdle at 6/5, won by a neck from Allerford Jack.

Then, after McCoy’s superb double, Delgany Gunner won the Betfair Supports Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre Handicap Chase at 7/1.

It was a second consecutive success for the Ben Pollock-trained gelding.

And there was a shock in the final race – the Betfair Supports Oaksey House Standard Open Bumper – when 28/1 outsider Super Ken won under Tom O’Brien.