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  • 14:05 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f

  • (Grade 3) £70,000 added 5yo+ 26 ran
  • Winner £39,865 2nd £14,959 3rd £7,490 4th £3,731
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 59.00s
  • Off time: 14:07:30

McCoy strikes on Alderwood

Champ gets on the board in rough County

Last Updated: 16/03/12 3:04pm

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Alderwood is back on terms at the last

Alderwood is back on terms at the last

Tony McCoy survived interference on the bend to win the Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle on Alderwood on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.

It was the champion jockey's first win of the meeting but his chance might've gone rounding the home turn when he was squeezed for room on the rail, losing momentum.

However, McCoy got a nice tune out of the winner on the far side up the hill, the pair three-quarters-of-a-length clear of Edgardo Sol at the line.

Sailors Warn looked a real danger up the stands' rail jumping the last but he had to settle for third with Gordon Elliott's Plan A fourth.

Via Galilei was fifth for Gary and Jamie Moore.

All heart

McCoy said: "It's great to have a winner at last. "I rode him the last day (at Leopardstown) and he was going well until the second-last but then didn't finish as well as I'd have liked.

"I think he's had a fibrillating heart problem.

"He got murdered on the bottom bend but he was 20-1 so I was taking a few chances and hopefully he would keep going.

"It's great to ride a winner for my boss."

Trainer Thomas Mullins added: "It's great to have a winner here at last, what with my father and two brothers already on the list.

"Things didn't quite work out for him the last day but he had been working very well at home.

"He got absolutely hammered on the home turn but it makes a difference having the right man on board and he really is the 'Real McCoy'.

"It's such a delight having him on board and the owner, JP, is such a nice man."

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