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Tony McCoy and Minella For Steak

Tony McCoy after his win on Minella For Steak

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McCoy moves to within one of landmark win

TONY McCOY moved to within one win of registering 4,000 career successes when his spare mount Minella For Steak triumphed at Chepstow.

McCoy had headed to the track for two rides and after his first, El Macca, finished out of the frame, he looked like drawing a blank for the day with his second intended mount, Mission Complete, a non-runner.

However the 18 times champion jockey was able to replace 10lb claimer James Huxham on Minella For Steak and the Jonjo O'Neill-trained six-year-old duly obliged.

Having been available at a general 7-1 chance earlier in the day, news of McCoy's booking sparked a gamble and he was backed into 3-1 before winning the 3m handicap hurdle by three-quarters of a length.

"He's amazing this horse," said McCoy. "He really struggles to breath and he has won twice on the heaviest going possible.

"I am pleased that Jonjo let me ride him and it is nice for Derrick and Gay [Smith, owners] who are good supporters of the yard."

McCoy has two booked rides at Towcester on Thursday, the O'Neill-trained pair Church Field and and Mountain Tunes., both of who race in the colours JP McManus.

To mark Tony McCoy's achievement of riding 4,000 winners, the Racing Post will produce an eight-page celebratory supplement

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