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Cheltenham: Tony McCoy passes 200 season winners

Tony McCoy on Noble Prince
Noble Prince helped McCoy reach yet another landmark

Champion jockey Tony McCoy has ridden his 200th winner of the season for the first time in six years.

The 36-year-old Northern Irishman, who has won 15 consecutive jockeys' titles, last reached the landmark in the 2004/05 campaign.

He reached 200 winners with a win on Noble Prince in the Jewson Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

He then completed a 34-1 double when Albertas Run completed back-to-back wins in the Ryanair Chase.

"It's much easier riding horses that are going well than those that are not," said McCoy after Noble Prince's win, which was his first of the 2011 Festival.

1994/95 - 74
1995/96 - 195
1996/97 - 189
1997/98 - 253
1998/99 - 186
1999/2000 - 245
2000/01 - 191
2001/02 - 289 (a British jumps record)
2002/03 - 256
2003/04 - 209
2004/05 - 200
2005/06 - 178
2006/07 - 184
2007/08 - 140
2008/09 - 186
2009/10 - 195

"I'd forgotten I only needed one more for my 200th winner of the season."

McCoy is set to win his 16th jockeys' title as he holds a comfortable lead over nearest rival Richard Johnson.

Johnson is currently 61 winners behind McCoy with the season, which started on 25 April, due to finish on Saturday, 23 April at Sandown Park.

McCoy has broken a succession of records since he became champion for the first time in 1996.

He rode a record 289 winners in the 2001-02 season and has been victorious in more than 3,300 races in all.

Last year, McCoy won his first Aintree Grand National in 15 attempts on board Don't Push It and was voted the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

He clocked up his 100th win of the season with a double at Ludlow in October.

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