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McCoy relishes overtaking Pipe.

TONY McCoy was looking forward to a "satisfying call" to Martin Pipe after setting a new personal best aboard It's A Gimme in the Betfred Summer Plate to pass the career total of 4,191 winners recorded by his old ally.

And an evening planned with the Pipes will afford McCoy the opportunity to further enjoy bragging rights. McCoy had equalled the mark with the appropriately-named On The Record at Uttoxeter on Wednesday, and went one better as the Jonjo O'Neill-trained 2-1 market leader It's A Gimme claimed the feature event of the day at Market Rasen.

The perennial champion jockey cut a confident figure throughout the two-and-threequarter-mile Listed event and slowly eased his mount into contention heading down the back straight.

The seven-year-old looked likely to run away with the prize as he tracked the leaders into the home turn, but stable companion Lost Legend, ridden by Richie McLernon, gave McCoy and favourite-backers a real fright.

There was little to chose between the O'Neill pair jumping the final fence, but in trademark fashion McCoy lifted It's A Gimme home to triumph by a length and threequarters. Mazuri Cowboy was third.

A mud-splattered McCoy walked back to the weighingroom while It's A Gimme received treatment for exhaustion.

McCoy said: "I was lucky Jonjo had a few in the race and put me on this one. This is a willing little horse, who kept finding for me.

"The record was just a very personal thing between me and Mr Pipe. He set the standard and revolutionised training.

"He is someone I held in high esteem and we had great times together in my time as his stable jockey.

"We've had a bit of banter pretty much since I've ridden my 4,000 winner.

"It's only a personal thing and I will be putting in a satisfying call."


Tony McCoy passed the career total of 4,191 winners recorded by old rival Martin Pipe

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2014
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