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Plumpton: McCoy and Moore strike form at just the right moment.

Byline: er: Paul Eacott

TONY McCOY warmed up for Cheltenham in the best possible way when the champion jockey rode a near 16-1 double for local trainer Gary Moore at Plumpton yesterday.

McCoy initiated his double courtesy of Son Of Greek Myth, who ran out a five-length winner of the claimer, but only after the 11-10 favourite had blundered when clear to give his supporters a fright.

P at Iron, the gelding's owner said: ``On his Flat form he would be better than this lot but he's a bit quirky and he took a chance with one or two of them today, although Tony said he was always going well.''

McCoy completed his double when Unusaul Suspect ran out an eight-length winner of the finale from the staying on Arctic Glow. Rather like his stablemate, this was the first time this one has got his head in front.

Timmy Murphy found himself in the winner's enclosure after It's Music took the opener. The David-Johnson-owned sixyear-old was having his first start for Brenden Powell, who said: ``He'd won a chase before he came to me but Mr Johnson just said to me `See what you can do with him'. Timmy said afterwards that he would be better held up longer as he's a big baby.''

Tom Doyle on Valley Ride and Lucy Bridges on St Kilda both worked wonders to get their mounts home after losing their irons at various points in the race. After Doyle had got Valley Ride home to complete his hat-trick in the two-mile novice hurdle, winning trainer Colin Tinkler said: ``He won well today. Tom gave him a terrific ride. He's done well this year with three wins and a second now. I'm not sure where we will go next - I will have to talk to Mr [George] Ward about it.''

Andrew Thornton was feeling the after effects of his weekend fall after partnering Tarongo to victory in the two-mile-one furlong handicap chase. Thornton said: ``I've felt better. It's a muscular problem - I'm biting the bullet and having to get through it as best I can.''

Myson, unlucky when bowled over by a loose horse at Fontwell last week, gained compensation with a bloodless win from the gambled on Julies Boy in the two-and-a-half-mile novice handicap chase.

at a glance

Star performance Tarongo. There wasn't a great deal of competition on this Cheltenham eve card, but fair play all the same Rides of the day Tom Doyle on Valley Ride and Lucy Bridges on St Kilda. It didn't look pretty, it probably didn't feel too good, but it had the desired effect Turn-up for the books Standing room only on the train from London as the, ahem, crowds flock to Plumpton for their pre-Festival fix m Results and analysis start page 83


Andrew Thornton ``I've felt better''
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 15, 2005
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