McCoy delivers on Dispour

  • Last Updated: April 26 2014, 17:49 BST

Tony McCoy claimed the opening honours on the final day of the National Hunt season as he steered Dispour to victory in the bet365 Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at Sandown.

Dispour ridden by Tony McCoy wins the bet365 Juvenille handicap Hurdle
Dispour ridden by Tony McCoy wins the bet365 Juvenille handicap Hurdle

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McCoy sat just off the pace set by Saint Jerome in the extended two-mile event and brought the winner through with a sustained challenge after jumping upsides.

The 14-1 shot had to fight all the way in recording a half-length victory from the staying-on Sleepy Haven, with Saint Jerome battling on for third.

Numerically, Donald McCain is enjoying a stellar year and the trainer was notching victory number 142, although he was ruing what might have been afterwards.

He said: "It was depressing because we wanted to get this horse into the Fred Winter at Cheltenham. I thought we were fairly handicapped but he didn't get in. There's nothing you can do about it and that opportunity slipped by.

"Then stupidly we went to Aintree with him. He ran a nice race and could have been a bit closer, but he got stopped when he was making his move. This a nice little compensation, I suppose."

The Dan Skelton-trained Ballincurrig (11-2) outbattled Christopher Wren in the bet365 Josh Gifford Handicap Chase to deny handler Nick Gifford victory in the race named in honour of his late father.

Skelton said: "I believe in this horse. He travelled well and got to the front way too soon. While he might get further, I don't want to negate his biggest asset which is jumping at speed.

"I will have an historical look at what it takes to get into the Galway Plate."

Wayne Hutchinson took over from the injured Robert Thornton to partner 8-1 shot L'Unique to victory for trainer Alan King in the closing bet365 Handicap Hurdle.