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TONY McCOY set a wintry Ascot alight yesterday with a magnificent five-timer.

He landed four for gaffer Martin Pipe and rounded off the day taking the final race for Henrietta Knight.

The ball started rolling in the Glenmore Investments Novices' Hurdle, in which a quartet of late withdrawals left just three runners to go to post.

But in the event there was still an exciting finish, with odds-on favourite Tarxien having to work hard for champion jockey Tony McCoy to hold off Laveron by two and a half lengths.

There was an equally exciting finish to the Cantor Sport Handicap Chase as Wahiba Sands (9-4) battled past 15-8 favourite Get Real to land the spoils.

The most valuable win for the pair came when Shooting Light galloped away with the Tote Silver Cup.

The eight-year-old, who won the Thomas Pink Gold Cup on his previous start, has become a real moneyspinner for connections since his transfer to Pipe's stable at the beginning of the season.

Having never won two races in succession until the start of this campaign, he has now rattled up a hat-trick and what's more, seems to be still improving.

The 5-2 favourite finished 11 lengths clear of Siberian Gale with You're Agoodun plodding on for third.

Seebald put the seal on the day for the pairing when winning the Cantor Sport Novices' Chase.

Owned by footballers Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler, he is now Coral's new 7-1 favourite for the Arkle Challenge Trophy.

McCoy completed a near 127-1 five-timer when Alvino (9-4) ran out a comfortable winner of the Brunswick National Hunt Flat race.

THIS WEEK'S FIXTURES: Wednesday: WOLVERHAMPTON, Ayr, Hereford, Huntingdon, Kempton (CH4), Market Rasen, Sedgefield, Towcester, Wetherby (CH4), Wincanton. Thursday: WOLVERHAMPTON, Chepstow (BBC), Kempton (CH4), Leicester, Wetherby (CH4). Friday: LINGFIELD, Haydock, Musselburgh, Taunton. Saturday: LINGFIELD, Carlisle, Newbury (BBC), Southwell, Stratford.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 23, 2001
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