AP DELIGHTS navan fans
It was a day that began with a chill but not long into the afternoon there was the warmest of receptions as Tony McCoy rode his first Irish winner since he reached the 4,000 winner mark last week.
And the Navan crowd appreciated seeing the superhuman up close and personal, doing what he does best so soon after he grabbed every sort of headline possible.
McCoy was warmly congratulated by the crowd after he guided the Eddie Harty-trained Minella Foru to claim the Grade Three Boylesports.com For Auction Novice Hurdle, denying the odds on favourite Very Wood.
Minella Foru is now unbeaten in three appearances, having won a point-to-point for John Nallen before claiming a maiden hurdle on his first start for Harty and then yesterday's Grade Three contest.
Harty said: "He jumped, travelled and won nicely. It was a little into the deep end for him but he couldn't have done it any better."
Harty won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle with Captain Cee Bee in 2008 and Minella Foru was introduced by Boylesports at 20/1 for the same race.
"He is a nice prospect but we're not getting carried away yet," continued the Curragh trainer.
"We'll find something next month for him and excluding his point-to-point, that was only his second run.
"He never ran in a bumper and I wont be over fazing him when I don't have to.
"If he is going to be a good horse it is the spring when you want him and he has passed the two exams asked of him so far."
Boylesports also made a donation to the Injured Jockeys' Emergency Fund yesterday with a cheque of €4,000 presented to Tony McCoy in recognition of his achievement last week.