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At Fishers Cross: took seasonal tally to six with Aintree win

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At Fishers Cross extends unbeaten run in Sefton

Report: Aintree, Friday

John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m½f, 4yo+

AT FISHERS CROSS posted a sixth win from six starts this season as the 11-8 favourite added a second Grade 1 win to his cv following his win in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham on his previous outing.

Not for the first time today, Tony McCoy eased to the front in the colours of JP McManus and as was the case with My Tent Or Yours he duly capitalized, this time going on to win by eight lengths.

Just A Par was doing his best work at the end but could never get in a position to challenge the Rebecca Curtis-trained winner. There was a further length back to Buachaill Alainn in third.

McManus said of the winner: "At the start of the year I thought 'would he be good enough to get into the Pertemps?' but he has exceeded all expectations."

McCoy added: "He jumped every bit as well as at Cheltenham and he is improving. He is a good horse and they are easy to ride. He was the best horse in the race and he stays. It is good for the owners, and also for Rebecca who has done a fantastic job."

Sponsors Ladbrokes make At Fishers Cross their 4-1 joint-favourite for next season's World Hurdle along with Big Buck's.

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