McCoy still one short of Pipe tally
A hat-trick for Tom Scudamore stole the show from Tony McCoy at Newton Abbot as the champion jockey's wait to reach Martin Pipe's phenomenal record goes on.
McCoy was very much the headline act at the Devon circuit, requiring just one winner from a book of four rides to draw level with Pipe's total of 4,191 career winners, a personal target set by the incomparable jockey when he passed the 4,000 mark at Towcester last November.
He was widely expected to get the job done at the first time of asking as he partnered prolific mare and 3/10 favourite Supreme Present in the opening At The Races Virgin 534 Novices' Hurdle, but she could only manage a disappointing third as Scudamore struck aboard David Bridgwater's hurdling debutant Collodi (8/1).
The trainer revealed he was confident his five-year-old could cause an upset.
Bridgwater said: "If he did what he did at home - jump and gallop - he'd win. Thankfully he did.
"He's one of those horses that everything he does is a forward step.
"He's a nice little horse. He's better than a summer horse, but the boys have been waiting a long time for him to run."
McCoy was also out of luck on his three subsequent rides and with no National Hunt racing taking place in Britain on Tuesday, his next appearance in the saddle is likely to come at Uttoxeter on Wednesday.
Scudamore, meanwhile, went on to partner the David Pipe-trained Franklin Roosevelt (7/2) to victory in the newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Hurdle, before completing his treble aboard Bridgwater's Tempuran (7/2) in the concluding SIS Bringing Betting To Life Novices' Handicap Hurdle.
"He (Franklin Roosevelt) was back off his last winning chase mark and he goes on any sort of ground," Scudamore told At The Races.
"He's a bonny sort of horse, I think that's the fifth win I've had on him now, and in his grade he's tough and he's honest.
"He's obviously been very well placed to win five, but let's hope he can go in again sometime."
Bookmakers Sky Bet offer 6/1 that McCoy can go on to win 5,000 career winners.