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Tony McCoy: wants to ride 300 winners in a season

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McCoy on a mission with fastest ever half century

TONY McCOY reached his fastest ever half century of winners in a season at Worcester on Tuesday evening with a double on Mission Complete and Bob Keown.

McCoy has already accomplished so much in the saddle, but in his continuous quest for improvement has stated one ambition he wants to fulfil is to ride 300 winners in a season.

His best tally was achieved in the 2001-02 season when he rode 289 winners, and the 19-time champion jockey's flying start to the latest campaign has him well ahead in the jockeys' championship with Tom Scudamore his nearest pursuer on 23 winners.

Both of McCoy's victories required him to be at his best, with Mission Complete and Bob Keown appearing beaten, but McCoy was not to be denied on either occasion, cajoling each horse to the front in the final strides.

Following the double, McCoy said: "I am genuinely both disappointed and over the moon that I have managed to ride so many winners in such a short space of time.

"Disappointed because I did not think anyone - not even myself - could ride 50 winners as I did back in 2003 and over the moon that I have actually done it."

Reflecting on his lightning start to the season McCoy added: "The only reason it has happened is because I have been lucky and others definitely not so.

"I feel very sorry for Jason Maguire who has been on the sidelines since the Monday before the Cheltenham Festival with a horrible injury.

"Of my 50 winners probably around 18 have been for Donald McCain and Jason would have been on most of those if he was fit and well.

"Jonjo O'Neill's horses have been in great form and John Ferguson has given me a few winners I would not normally have - so all that has helped my cause.

"All I have got to do now is keep myself in one piece and who knows what the remainder of the season holds."

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