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Hennessy collects Bet365 Gold Cup

Tony McCoy on Hennessy
McCoy was at his best to triumph on Hennessy

Tony McCoy came through late on Hennessy to win the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown, the last big race of the 2008-09 jumps season.

The 14-times champion jockey and his mount, trained by friend and ex-jockey Carl Llewellyn, were well back in fourth at the final fence.

But McCoy put in a typically determined ride and the 13-2 shot quickened up superbly to deny Briery Fox.

Lacdoudal (8-1) was third ahead of long-time pace-setter Church Island.

Church Island, who was second to Niche Market in the Irish Grand National, made the early piece but Lacdoudal, who won the race in 2006 was never far off.

Richard Johnson's charge took over two out but Briery Fox looked dangerous and jumped into the lead at the last only to be denied by another piece of magic from McCoy.

McCoy said afterwards: "I was just waiting for them to come to me and in fairness, I knew at the second last he was going to stay on.


"Whether I was going to get there or not I wasn't sure, but I'm delighted for Carl as he's had a tough year and he's one of my best mates so it's great to ride a winner for him."

Llewellyn added: "I thought he (McCoy) was beaten with more than a circuit to go but luckily had one of his good days - one of the 364 of them!

"At the second last I thought he had a chance, but the rest of the time he never really got going. The rest of us jockeys could win on the best horses, but he can win on the ones who aren't - and that's the test."

McCoy's victory was his 186th of the season and came on the day when he was crowned champion jockey for the 14th time with Paul Nicholls winning his fourth consecutive champion trainer award.

The Ditcheat-based trainer has amassed over £3.5m over the past 12 months and topped his best-ever seasonal tally of winners with 155 victories with Kauto Star's Cheltenham Gold Cup win the undoubted highlight of the year.

Popular Irish millionaire JP McManus, who has only recently arrived back in Ireland after treatment for prostate cancer in America, was crowned champion owner after losing the title to David Johnson last year.

Aidan Coleman took top honours as champion conditional jockey.

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see also
Monkerhostin claims Sandown win
26 Apr 08 |  Horse Racing
Lacdoudal wins Betfred Gold Cup
29 Apr 06 |  Horse Racing

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