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In The Irish News - Mar 26 1998: Cool Tony McCoy races past Peter Scudamore's record

THUMBS UP... Moneyglass jockey Tony McCoy with Petite Risk in the winners’ enclosure at Ludlow yesterday after setting a new National Hunt record for a season.
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TONY McCoy broke Peter Scudamore’s record of 221 winners in a season with the the minimum of fuss at Ludlow yesterday.

The Moneyglass rider quickly put the disappointment of losing the opener on 30-100 shot Doctoor behind by steering Petite Risk to an effortless success in the Bundy Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle.

As the field turned for home McCoy had The Roundsills in his sights and with second favourite Cybertechnology a spent force, it was plain sailing for Petite Risk from three out.

The 8-11 favourite coasted clear to beat The Roundsills 13 lengths, with Cybertechnology, a 30,000 guineas purchase, rather disappointing in finishing a further 22 lengths away in third.

McCoy returned to generous applause and was keener to talk about the winner than his own milestone.

“She’s a nice filly,” he said. “She’s not big but is all heart.

“I was disappointed not to win the first race and am delighted to get it over with.

“I didn’t think it would happen this quickly but I had a great Cheltenham. But it’s not something you really think about.”

McCoy appeared totally unfazed by the occasion.

When asked by photographers to crack open a bottle of champagne, he joked “what, over you?” and signed autographs before hurrying to weigh out for the next race.

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PRESIDENT Mary McAleese has given her husband Martin the perfect 50th birthday present - a replacement for a Gaelic medal he won more than 25 years ago.

Mr McAleese was part of the Queen’s University GAA team which won the Sigerson Cup in 1971 - but the medal he won that day was lost years ago.

And on Tuesday night at a surprise birthday party for her husband in Aras an Uachtarain, the president presented him with a replacement medal - especially made by GAA chiefs.

The plot to surprise her husband started when she casually mentioned to a GAA official that the medal Mr McAleese had won as a student - and which he gave her on a necklace - was lost.

The GAA official then hit on the idea of minting a new medal - and the plot was hatched to surprise Mr McAleese.

Four representatives of the GAA’s Higher Education council - one from each province - attended the party in the Phoenix Park on Tuesday night.

The Ulster representative was Tommy Farrell - who lives in Rostrevor, Co Down, where the president lived before being elected as head of state.

He said: “He looked surprised - but he gave the impression that he had had his suspicions that something was going to happen.

“I think the activities of the children made him think something special was going to happen.

“President McAleese made the whole evening, she was very informal and we had a good sing song.”

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A skill-packed 16-bout programme rounded off a cracking County Antrim Juvenile Championships at the Balmoral Hotel, Belfast last night.

Dockers schoolboy star Ciaran Curran started off on a high note for the dockside club in this John Kyle Insurance-sponsored event winning the 33kilos title.

He was joined on the victory rostrum later by John Lennon who took the award after an all-Dockers affair in the Boy 3 45kilos category.

Peter Robinson lifted Holy Trinity spirits after defeat earlier in the programme when he captured county honours at 29kilos.

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