Mixed fortunes for Treadwell at Leicester
Liam Treadwell endured an afternoon of mixed fortunes at Leicester.
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The Grand National-winning jockey was hit with a 12-day ban for taking the wrong course on Special Robon, but bounced back with a victory on Reginaldinho on his very next ride.
Treadwell's costly error came when he was leading the field on Special Robon in the Cream Gorse Novices' Handicap Chase and he mistakenly bypassed the first fence in the straight instead of the second.
He had to pull up the Venetia Williams-trained gelding once he saw the other runners jump the obstacle and realised his error.
Treadwell held his hands up and admitted he had made an error.
"I must apologise to all connections. It was a poor bit of riding in the heat of the moment," he told At The Races.
"It slipped my mind what was actually happening in front of me. I'm very sorry for everyone.
"It's windy out there. Just turning in the horse threw his head high and I'm trying to get behind the horse and carry him forward and I've got in my mind that the ditch was out.
"I'm not going to make any excuses. It was an error on my part and I'm disappointed for all the connections and people who backed the horse."
Treadwell will be suspended from February 13 to 24 inclusive.
However, an hour later Treadwell drove Reginaldinho (3-1 favourite) into the lead at the third last and kept the Williams-trained seven-year-old up to his work as he repeated a course and distance success earlier in the month.
Reginaldinho went on land the Thrussington Handicap Chase by six lengths from Trojan Sun.
"The horse has built on his last run with confidence and the cut in the ground helped his cause and you have to be pleased the way he's done it today," said Treadwell.
"You know when you really get after him that he picks up well and he's done it nicely."
The Special Robon race eventually went to the Anthony Middleton-trained Lough Coi (5-2), who held Seventh Hussar by three-quarters of a length.
"I was pleased he saw the trip out well and he handled the ground. I think there's some improvement in him," said winning rider James Banks.
Tony McCoy reached 150 winners for the season with victory on the highly-promising Buddy Bolero in the Billesdon Coplow Handicap Chase.
Leading three out, the David Pipe-trained 10-11 favourite scampered away to beat See You Bob by 12 lengths to follow up a fencing debut win at Exeter.
McCoy said: "I've been slower getting to 150 than in previous years. If I could ride 50 more it would put the icing on the cake.
"He took a while to get going. He hasn't had much racing and his jumping was pretty safe for a horse that hasn't had much experience.
"He won okay in the end but four out I thought I was in trouble."
Module was another hot-pot to land the odds, the 1/4 shot following up a previous Newbury success in the Human League 6th July Novices' Chase.
Tom George indicated Module could now go to Cheltenham after his 12-length defeat of Achimota under Paddy Brennan.
"He's jumped nicely and I'm pleased how switched off he is now," said the Slad trainer.
"It's made quite a difference as he used to be quite keen.
"He's coped with two miles okay and he'll get three miles one day.
"He's in the Arkle and the Jewson. We're a long way off but he's going the right way. We'll see how he is and how he comes out of it."
Brennan and George completed a double when Arthur's Pass saw off Sawpit Supreme by three lengths in the Book Now For Peter Andre Handicap Chase.
Jake Greenall, riding the Henry Daly-trained 7-4 favourite Safran De Cotte, held the McCoy-ridden Abnaki by half-a-length after a thrilling finish to the Silver Bell Novices' Chase.
"That's three out of three on him. These are big fences round here and he jumped brilliantly," said Greenall
"After the last AP's (McCoy) horse came to us and we've gone again."