Tony is the real McCoy at Fakenham
Richard Johnson's deadline-day double on Sunday failed to pinch the top jockey crown at Fakenham's seasonal finale. Multiple champion jockey Tony McCoy edged the race for the annual David Turner Trophy on countback after Johnson had managed to draw level on five wins apiece.
Richard Johnson's deadline-day double on Sunday failed to pinch the top jockey crown at Fakenham's seasonal finale.
Multiple champion jockey Tony McCoy edged the race for the annual David Turner Trophy on countback after Johnson had managed to draw level on five wins apiece.
McCoy's latest addition to his bulging trophy cabinet will be presented at Fakenham's first meeting of the new season after the Irishman opted to race at Market Rasen.
Johnson cashed in on his closest rival's absence to claim the feature on Rakalackey (9/1) after Tigu's (6/4 fav) earlier success.
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Owner/trainer Henry Daly's Rakalackey edged a titanic contest with dual course and distance winner Leopold (7/1) to pocket the Rex Carter Memorial Handicap Chase. Long- distance Welsh raider Megaton (11/2) nicked the place money after Paul Nicholls' well-backed Foolish Myth (9/4) faded badly at the sharp end.
Johnson's Tigu (6/4 fav) captured the Light Dragoons Handicap Chase for Tim Vaughan's in-form stable.
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The successful point-to-pointer was having his first outing for the Bridgend handler but quickened nicely under Johnson's urgings to down Bearneen Boy (4/1).
Tom Scudmore gave the second every chance in a bid to break Neil King's Fakenham hoodoo but the six-year-old tired off the last.
Johnson's prophetic pre-race assessment ahead of his final pivotal ride came true when 'temperamental character' Beheryan unseated him behind Sendani (5/2) in The Holkham Country Fair July 18 and 19 Beginners' Chase.
Johnson picked himself up after the crashing fall approaching the final circuit but was a bystander as Paul Nicholls' mount wore down Charlie Mann's Cortinas (2/1 fav) in another thrilling finish.
Christian Williams' cajoled a decisive effort from the winner on his chasing debut for the powerful champion handler's yard.
Mann turned the tables when Tri Nations (10/11 fav) scored in the Highline Adventure Novices' Hurdle from big priced Chalentina (150/1).
Paul Moloney's mount looked capable of major improvement after a confidence-boosting success for the former high-grade flat winner after a moderate campaign over timber.
Sparkling Montjeu (4/1) eclipsed the powerful Johnson and Vaughan partnership in the opener to sink warm order Changing Lines (13/8 fav).
Punters latched onto Gina Andrews' Crystal Dance (5/1) in the David Hitcham Retirement Lady Riders' Handicap - but Orion Express (9/4 fav) proved the class act.