McCoy plays waiting game to perfection on Get Me Out Of Here

Tony McCoy’s visits to Ireland aren’t always the most successful, but he took his total for the two days at Fairyhouse to four when guiding Get Me Out Of Here to a smooth success in the Keelings’ Irish Strawberry Hurdle, before powering Alderwood to victory in the Rathbarry and Glenview Studs Novice Hurdle.

The J P McManus-owned Get Me Out Of Here has been called some names in his time, but is a classy sort, when on song.

He was buried away towards the inside for much of the journey and McCoy only began to play his cards in the straight.

Tofino Bay made a brave attempt from the front, but Get Me Out Of Here headed him at the last and then forged clear on the level to score going away.

Trainer, Jonjo O’Neill, said: “He’s a grand old horse, it just takes him time to warm up. It’s lovely to see him win a good one.

“He will go to Punchestown, we’ll have a look at what’s on offer. I’ll talk to Frank (Berry, McManus’ racing manager) and then decide.”

McCoy was good on Get Me Out Of Here, but even better aboard Alderwood, one of the few Cheltenham heroes for Ireland last month.

Tom Mullins’ inmate made every yard of the running and the British multiple champion conjured some terrific leaps from him.

Allure Of Illusion was a major danger heading to the last, but Alderwood was again very quick through the air and quickly forged on.

Commented Mullins: “You are always worried about them coming back from Cheltenham, but half an hour afterwards you wouldn’t know he had a race.

“He seems to have, at least at the moment, had a harder race here. Tony was worried about the pace, so we elected to go on. I don’t know what will be next, whether to step him up or keep to two miles.”

Champion jockey-elect Davy Russell hit the magical 100-winner mark for the season when Dedigout produced a fine display to take the Irish Field Handicap Hurdle.

This was his first venture into such company and Tony Martin’s charge had the steadier of 11-8.

But, given a beautifully patient ride by Russell, he eased through from behind to lead going to the final flight and beat the fast-finishing Novarov by two lengths.

“He’s been running against top-class novices all season”, said Martin. “He enjoyed the ground, the rain was a help.

“This is a nice horse for the future and we will see how he is and then think about Punchestown. He won a point-to-point as a four-year-old, so I’d say it will be fences next season.”

Gigginstown House Stud own Dedigout and they were on the mark again when the Pat Doyle-trained Rogue Angel got the best of a desperate last furlong duel with Balnaslow in the Racing Post Champion Point-To-Point Bumper.

The pair got very close together, however, and there was interference, which could be best described as minimal.

The stewards, however, concluded that the result should be altered and found in favour of the runner-up.

It had to be very much a marginal decision, but there was only a short head between the principals, so you could basically argue either way.

Roger Quinlan, who partnered Rogue Angel, was suspended for seven days, five for his use of the whip and two for careless riding.

Pat Hughes’ Teelin Star, winner of two point-to-points, carried a huge reputation into the contest. He tried to make all, but went out like a pricked balloon early in the straight.

Later Hughes reported: “He hung like a gate, I can’t explain it. The vets cannot find anything wrong, he is one hundred per cent.”

The trainer had a measure of compensation when Paul Townend guided Caduceus to an 18 lengths success in the ComfyBed Novice Handicap Chase.

“He is coming to himself”, said Hughes. “I was worried about the showers and think he is a better horse on better ground. He will now go for the three miles and six at Punchestown.”

Lucky William defied top weight with a game display for Barry Geraghty in the Nina Carberry Novice Handicap Chase.

Last Time D’Albain flattered for most of the straight, but Geraghty swept Lucky William past at the final fence to win by a length and a quarter.

Said trainer, Tom Cooper: “His class got him through, I was very worried about the ground. He will now go to Punchestown.”

The Gigginstown House Stud rounded off their day in the best possible manner when the exciting Don Cossack destroyed the opposition in the Bumper.

He won by 17 lengths for Nina Carberry and trainer, Gordon Elliott, was particularly animated in the winner’s enclosure.

“He’s a good-looking bastard as well, If I was able to have sex with him I would”, muttered Elliott. There really was no more to be said.

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