Tony McCoy demonstrated his admirable constitution once again at Fontwell as he shrugged off a crashing fall to ride the winner of the following race just half an hour later.
The 16-times champion looked to be about to notch up yet another winner as he continues in his relentless quest for yet another crown, when Nicky Henderson’s State Benefit made an almighty blunder at the third last in the Debbie McCurry Memorial Beginners’ Chase.
That left the Kim Bailey-trained Real Treasure (7-1) in front and while the favourite Brackloon High was staying on strongly, he was a length and three-quarters down at the line.
“She was rated 119 over hurdles and she was running with a 7lb mares’ allowance so we thought she had every right to be involved at the finish,” said Bailey.
“She spent some time with Yogi Briesner and jumped very well I thought, I was happy with her.
“We did expect her to run very well and on the ratings she was entitled to win.
“Sean (Quinlan, jockey) said she didn’t do a tap in front, that’s why she was nearly caught, and it’s also why he got a lead throughout from the horse that fell.
“It’s quite difficult for a young horse running up into the crowd like that and her ears were going back and forth.
“I’m pleased for the owners, they are very enthusiastic and the horses are running very well.”
Of his fall, McCoy said: “The horse landed on me. He was very brave early on and I wasn’t sure I was going that well, so I thought I’d give him a squeeze rather than sitting against him and he just did nothing.
“He went from being very brave to not so brave and it’s unfortunate that he got a heavy fall and he landed on my ankle.”
Despite limping into the paddock, McCoy took the ride on Henderson’s Lets Get Serious (5-4 favourite) in the Wellpool Proud To Sponsor Kirsty Milczarek Novices’ Hurdle.
Even though the gelding looked green after the last, he showed a touch of class in beating Medinas by two and a half lengths.
“He’s a nice type of horse and I was always going well enough,” McCoy told At The Races.
“The horse in front of him kept jumping across him and did everything to try to impede him, but he’s a nice horse with a bit of class.”
Former jockey Keiran Burke has made a great start to his training career and Hunt Ball won his second race in eight days in the Wellpool Building & Maintenance Handicap Chase.
Sent off the 5-4 favourite, Daryl Jacob had one of his easiest rides of the season guiding him to a 13-length win in spite of a 7lb penalty.
“I was really worried about the ground today as all his form (under rules) and in point-to-points was on quick ground,” said Burke.
“He broke the track record at Folkestone last week. We fancied him but we didn’t expect him to do anything like that.
“We came here because we had to really, but we weren’t really that confident.
“I haven’t any other entries for him so I’ll go back tonight and have a look. I don’t want to push it with him as he’s only six and he’s still quite weak. so hopefully there’s more improvement in him.”
Burke has given up the opportunity of riding classy types like Sparky May and Holmwood Legend and admits he is missing the thrill a bit.
“I do miss it, especially when they win like that, I could have ridden that one!” he added.
“But I always had my heart set on training and I want to concentrate on one thing and one thing only and do it properly, that’s why I handed in my licence.”
Alan King’s great recent run of form continued with the win of Secret Edge in the Wellpool Proud To Sponsor Leonna Mayor Juvenile Hurdle.
Sent off the 8-11 favourite, Robert Thornton rode him out for an eight-length win.
Johnny Farrelly was taken to hospital after a crashing fall from Reymysterio in the Moneyback On Short Head LosersChoicebet Handicap Chase won by Bring It On Home (8-1).
Clerk of the course Ed Arkell said: “He has been taken to St Richards Hospital in Chichester for further assessment and that is as much as I know at present.”