McCoy steers Lac Fontana to festival double
Lac Fontana followed up his County Hurdle victory at Cheltenham by taking the Pertemps Network Mersey Novices’ Hurdle under another typical barnstorming A.P McCoy ride.
Paul Nicholls’ 5yo gave Darryl Jacob a much deserved victory at Cheltenham but with his regular jockey missing due to injury, the champ stepped in and used all of is old canny to get his charge up at the expense of the gallant Betfair Hurdle winner Splash Of Ginge.
Dell Arca and Wilde Blue Yonder were also in contention as the field turned for home but with that pair falling away approaching the last, it was left to a straight out battle between Lac Fontana and Splash Of Ginge, with the former coming out on top by 1 1/2 lengths.
Winning trainer Nicholls said: “He stayed very well at Cheltenham so we thought we’d go two and a half miles on this ground.
“He’s tough. He made it hard for himself by missing the last two hurdles but he stayed on a little bit.
“He could end up being a good staying hurdler looking at him, he stays really well.
“It will be interesting next year.”
Nicholls went on: “He looks like he’ll make a nice staying hurdler next year, but he could just jump a fence.
“I’ll keep all options open and I’m not sure there’s much left for him this season – maybe there’s a Grade One at Punchestown but I haven’t really looked into it.”
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