Alderwood: made every yard to land Grade 2 win under inspired McCoyPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Alderwood lands Grade 2 under inspired McCoy
Report: Fairyhouse, Monday
Rathbarry& Glenview Studs Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m, 4yo+
ALDERWOOD benefited from a fine front-running ride under Tony McCoy to give Britain's perennial champion jockey and his main patron JP McManus another win at Fairyhouse's big Easter meeting.
Having had two winners at the track on Sunday, McCoy and McManus celebrated another double following the earlier success of Get Me Out Of Here as Alderwood saw off the challenge of Allure Of Illusion to win at 7-2.
McCoy bossed the race from the off on the eight-year-old, who had given Thomas Mullins a first Cheltenham Festival winner in the County Hurdle on his most recent start, and he was able to wind it up from the front in the second half of the race after the runners had travelled sedately in the early stages.
Allure Of Illusion was the only one to emerge from the pack to lay down a challenge to the longtime leader late on, but McCoy was seen at his brilliant best in a power-packed finish as he lifted his mount to a three-and-a-quarter-length win.
Jacksonslady finished third with favourite Steps To Freedom never looking a danger.
The winning trainer said: "Tony gave him a great ride but I still think his best run was at Cheltenham. Just looking at it, I think he's had a harder race today than he did at Cheltenham. He was blowing a lot afterwards so I'm not so sure about Punchestown."
This was the third time in the last seven runnings that McManus had won the Grade 2, having seen his colours carried to victory by Glenfinn Captain in 2006 and Jered, who scored under McCoy, two years later.