McCoy to the rescue at Southwell

Tony McCoy showed at Southwell why he remains the punter’s best friend with two champion rides on Lord Generous and Kilshannig.

Tony McCoy showed at Southwell why he remains the punter’s best friend with two champion rides on Lord Generous and Kilshannig.

Lord Generous (11-8 favourite) firstly set out to make all of the running in the three-mile Visit For The Winner Novices’ Hurdle.

But when it looked as if Chamirey was coming to get the better of him between the last two flights, McCoy rousted his mount in good style to go one and a half lengths clear at the line.

Trainer Andy Boxhall said: “It is nice to see him do it the same way he did it last time (at Warwick), I did not want to take him to Uttoxeter and get him beaten by the ground.

“There is a nice race for him at Cheltenham (the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Gold Cup meeting).

“He was second at Towcester so I have no worries about him going up the hill (at Cheltenham).

“Tony gave him a lovely ride – that is two winners from two rides he has had for me and I have had two winners from three runners here now.”

It looked as though McCoy might have to be content with the runner-up spot on Jonjo O’Neill’s Kilshannig when She Is A Cracker took up the running after the third-last in the CleanWasteSolutions Handicap Hurdle.

But the 14-times champion was again seen at his best, with the 5-4 favourite digging deep to answer his rider’s every call.

The pair got in front at the final fence and forged two and a half lengths clear of She Is A Cracker.

Mobaasher had some smart form over hurdles and made an encouraging start over fences with a convincing success in the CE Property Services Group Beginners’ Chase.

Confidently ridden by Aidan Coleman, the 8-13 favourite gained a slight lead on the approach to the last.

Although he was again joined by the persistent Leac An Scail, Coleman let his partner ease away on the run-in to score by one and three-quarter lengths.

Trainer Venetia Williams said: “This is a nice course to come for a horse’s first run over fences – we came for the course and the prize.

“He did just what we wanted. He jumped well but he does not do a lot when he is in front and that is why Aidan looked around after the second-last to make sure nothing was coming from behind.

“Hopefully we have a lot to look forward to with him.”

Hello My Lovely drifted badly in the betting before the Peter Cope 80th Birthday Handicap Chase but still proceeded to open her account at the 15th attempt under Colin Bolger, who incurred a two-day suspension (December 15-16) for using his whip in the incorrect place.

It was also a day of mixed fortunes for Hello My Lovely’s trainer Suzy Smith, whose Cavingdon sustained a fatal tendon injury later on the card.

Smith said of Hello My Lovely: “It was great for the owners (Geoff Hubbard Racing) because they also bred her.

“She has been knocking on the door and is so genuine that she deserved this, she seems to have come to herself more this year.”

Ben de Haan’s My Shamwari opened his jumping account at the first attempt under Noel Fehily in the Cleanevent Maiden Hurdle, proving three-quarters of a length too good for Tanto Faz.

The CleanDomain Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Hurdle went the way of the Philip Hobbs-trained Robo, on whom Giles Hawkins again caught the eye.

Leighton Aspell and the Oliver Sherwood-trained Double Expresso (5-1) denied by a neck McCoy’s treble bid on Owen Glendower in the concluding bumper.

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