McCoy still needs two for landmark

Tony McCoy will have to wait until Chepstow today at the earliest for his 4,000th winner after drawing a blank with three rides at Exeter yesterday 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 today — 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.

McCoy said: “El Macca is named after a friend of mine Steve McManaman (former England, Liverpool and Real Madrid winger) – I’m not sure he’s got as much ability as Steve had but hopefully he will run OK. I’m not sure how much of a chance Mission Complete has got. I’d be surprised. It could go on, and I’ll be lucky if I have a winner tomorrow.”

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