Letter: Wood Louse tried his best to get beaten.
THE first part of David Ashforth's excellent article on Anthony McCoy featured a picture showing Anthony leading in Wood Louse at Downpatrick almost 20 years ago.
I was one of the co-owners of Wood Louse and the race he won was a two-horse affair, with both having been available at 10-11.
As I made my way from the stands to the betting arena, I met someone who told me that we would probably win as the other horse had bad legs and almost certainly would be pulled up after a few fences, but that connections did not want the race to be just a walkover.
Consequently, I then had quite a few bets in the ring, making Wood Louse 4-5.
Sure enough, after two jumps the other horse had to be pulled up and all Wood Louse had to do was jump round to collect.
He hit five fences, went both right and left at other fences, clambered over the last and, like another of our horses, Thumbs Up, almost stopped to a walk up the stiff hill to the finish.
Oh, for the good old days.