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Ascot: Deano's Beeno makes McCoy sweat.

Byline: Lee Mottershead

DEANO'S BEENO capped his most successful season yet and gave Tony McCoy a sweaty but successful comeback ride when responding to the champion jockey's urgings to land the pounds 40,000 Betting Exchange Long Distance Hurdle, writes Lee Mottershead.

Already the conqueror this season of Baracouda in the Long Walk Hurdle, as well as being victorious in the Rendlesham Hurdle, Deano's Beeno once again required constant shoving from McCoy, but his rider's efforts were worthwhile when coming clear up the straight to beat Frosty Canyon.

McCoy, who went on to complete a double aboard Isard, was left breathless and puffing after punching home Deano's Beeno, but remains the winner's biggest fan.

"He makes you work forever but he's brilliant to ride, a brilliant character," said McCoy. "When you retire, he's one of those horses you would like to have as your pet."

Deano's Beeno was once again greeted by the adoring throng of the winning Axom syndicate, whose racing manager Matthew Budden said: "There's a big three-mile hurdle at Sandown at the end of the month and we'll see how the horse is for that. He'll be a bit older next season but he's an amazing horse who just keeps on going."

Frosty Canyon could now take in the Attheraces Gold Cup according to trainer Paul Webber, who has the Champion Stayers' Hurdle at Punchestown as an alternative target.


Welcome back champ: Tony McCoy is made to pull out all the stops on his comeback ride on Deano's Beeno EDWARD WHITAKER
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 3, 2003
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