Milly proves a Mare for favourite backers

  • By: Ian Brindle
  • Last Updated: December 30 2012, 16:43 GMT

Tony McCoy came in for a winning spare ride as Mischievous Milly (11/2) took the Listed Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Taunton.

Oliver Sherwood: Feature winner
Oliver Sherwood: Feature winner

Deputising for Sam Jones, the 17-times champion was seen at his strongest as he drove out Oliver Sherwood's filly to victory having made a mistake at the last.

"She's tough and has a good attitude" commented McCoy.

The race capped a rare bad day at the office for Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty as Ma Filleule (4/6f) had to settle for second place.

The partnership had been anticipated to get off the mark in the opener with Electrolyser (8/13f).

Having stayed over two miles and achieved a rating of 110 on the Flat, hopes were high that he could make a successful transition to racing over hurdles but the son of Daylami was in trouble from some way out and eventually pulled up with three to jump.

Victory in the race went the way of Kilmurvy (12/1) as Jeremy Scott's four-year-old overhauled Sidney Melbourne in the shadows of the post.

The punters were to get one back courtesy of Home Run (15/8f) in the second race on the card.

Amateur rider, Michael Heard made no mistake in steering home the well supported favourite for a fourth victory in a row, and his first winner under Rules.

The stable were to realise a 16/1 double as No Secrets (5/1) came home with a wet sail to deprive Fine Parchment in the fifth race of the afternoon.

Pipe told At The Races: "He's always been a horse I've liked. He's never been the best of jumpers, we've done a lot of work in the loose school with him.

"Tom (Scudamore) gave him a great ride, just crept around with him. I thought we were going to finish second, but the one in front has idled and he's battled all the way to the line."

Elsewhere on the card, Midnight Charmer (4/1) won the staying handicap for Novices under seven-pound conditional, James Banks.

The gelding staying on resolutely to see off the attentions of well supported favourite, Master Flight.

Paul Nicholls seldom leaves Taunton without a winner and Landscape (4/1) landed the Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle on the card.

Jupiter Rex had shown precious little in seven previous starts but the market vibes were positive about the Venetia Williams inmate and those that followed the move were rewarded at odds of 5/1 in the finale.