Can't Buy Time leads from Mister McGoldrick at the last on his way to gloryPICTURE: Edward Whitaker/racingpostpix.com
Can't Buy Time claims Victor Chandler spoils
Report: Cheltenham, Friday
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A NEW decade but the same old story for Tony McCoy after the champion jockey landed the feature race at Cheltenham with Can't Buy Time.
The Jonjo O'Neill-trained eight-year-old, who returned at 8-1, was anchored at the rear of the field in the early stages before gradually creeping into contention at the top of the home straight.
At the front, evergreen veteran Mister McGoldrick jumped boldly and enthusiastically but looked a sitting duck for the strong travelling favourite Chapoturgeon.
But Chapoturgeon found little when pressured and it was left to Private Be and then Can't Buy Time to throw down the gauntlet with Can't Buy Time leading over the last.
He galloped on resolutely up the hill, despite wandering, to record a two and a quarter length success in the colours of JP McManus.
Private Be finished secondat 11-2 while Mister McGoldrick kept on to take third at 33-1.
McCoy may partner Can't Buy Time in the John Smith's Grand National, for which Paddy Power andStan James make the horse a 33-1 shot, as he searches for his first win in the race.
He said: "I thought the conditions would suit him and they went a good gallop which helped. Jonjo thinks he may be a National horse and he knowshim better than me."
Hold Em was put down after fracturing a knee when being brought down at the fourth-last fence.