Fakenham trip worthwhile for legend McCoy

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Nineteen-times champion jockey Tony McCoy made his fleeting visit to Fakenham on Tuesday a winning one after partnering Zip Top to glory in the opening maiden hurdle.

Formerly trained on the Flat by Jim Bolger, and now in the hands of Cowlinge handler John Ferguson, the six-year-old — who finished second behind subsequent Derby winner Camelot in the 2011 Racing Post Trophy — made all the running to take the two-mile contest by three-and-three-quarters lengths.

It turned out to be a day to forgot for Newmarket handler Lucy Wadham, who saw her first three runners all turned over despite being sent off either favourite or joint favourite.

After seeing Lanceur getting beat by fellow joint-favourite Zip Top in the opener, defeat followed for odds-on favourite, and last time out winner, A Boy Named Suzi in the 2m4f novices’ hurdle, which went the way of Baku Bay.

Tom Scudamore conjured up a power-packed ride to get the best out of Todd in the 2m4f handicap hurdle, a race in which the Wadham-trained well-backed favourite Rendezvous Peak could only finish a well-beaten third.

It was case of following the form from the last meeting held at the 
West Norfolk track back 
on New Year’s Day with both Vision Du Coeur adding to their wins gained earlier this month at the course.

An eight-pound rise in the weights was not enough to stop the Fiona Kehoe-trained Vision Du Coeur from making it two wins in as many visits to the track after the six-year old revelled in the testing conditions to score by 17 lengths in the 2m7½f handicap hurdle.

As for Shinooki, his victory in the concluding 3m½f handicap chase 
was equally as convincing with the Alex Hales-trained winner coming home as he liked by 16 lengths.

Midnight Charmer is fast making himself into something of a course specialist after gaining his third win at the venue with a wide margin success in the 2m5½f handicap chase.