Champion jockey Tony McCoy was the man to follow on Leicester’s all-hurdle card with a near 29-1 four-timer from five rides, bringing his total for the season to 155.
The Irish jockey was aboard Schism and Amuse Me for his main employer Jonjo O’Neill, while Nicky Henderson’s Zama Zama and James Evan’s Phoenix Flight made up the foursome.
Newcomer Schism set the ball rolling in the Leicester Juvenile Fillies’ Hurdle. The former Henry Candy trained inmate won easily by five lengths.
“Jonjo bought her at the Newmarket horses in training sales and it’s a first winner for the Dirty Dozen syndicate,” said O’Neill’s assistant, Guy Upton.
“She stayed well on the Flat and won during the summer.”
McCoy completed his double on Amuse Me in the Waltham On The Wolds Handicap Hurdle. The grey made most of the running and battled back bravely when challenged by a number of horses in the straight.
“He’s more a summer horse but got away with the ground today,” said Upton.
“He didn’t really take to fences, so that’s why we’ve put him back over hurdles and all the horses are in great form.”
Zama Zama was a 2-11 favourite for the Mountsorrel Maiden Hurdle and bolted up by six lengths for Nicky Henderson and owner Michael Buckley.
“He’s a nice, big type and a chaser in the making. He’s flippant at his hurdles because he’s so big and doesn’t respect them, but he’s got a big engine and a promising future ahead of him,” said Henderson’s assistant Ben Pauling.
“He did it as he should have done and he’ll probably go with a penalty somewhere. This is all about getting rid of his greenness.”
Phoenix Flight was also odds on at 4-7) in the Knighton Novices’ Hurdle and was the closest call for McCoy. He only just held up in a photo finish and looked beaten on the line.
“It was close. His style is a fast-run race, coming from off the pace, and that was a little worry,” said trainer James Evans.
“We knew we would have to make use of his stamina and his experience, but he’d been in front a while and was just idling.
“He’ll probably go for a handicap over Christmas next.”