Thursday 14 December 2017

New record is 'personal' for McCoy

Racing: Tony McCoy set a new personal best aboard It's A Gimme in the Betfred Summer Plate on Saturday night to pass Martin Pipe's career total of 4,191 winners.

McCoy had equalled the mark with the appropriately named On The Record at Uttoxeter on Wednesday, and went one better as the Jonjo O'Neill-trained 2/1 market leader It's A Gimme claimed the feature event of the day at Market Rasen.

It's A Gimme received treatment for exhaustion, and the perennial champion jockey said: He said: "The horse is okay. He's just tired. He'll be all right.

"The record was just a very personal thing between me and Mr Pipe. He set the standard and revolutionised training. He is someone I held in high esteem and we had great times together in my time as his stable jockey."

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Clontarf see off Malahide

Cricket: Clontarf made it seven Senior Cup wins in nine final appearances since 2000 with a 44-run victory over Malahide in what proved to be a low-scoring game at The Hills.

Fittingly, it was winning skipper Eoghan Delany who scored the only half century of the match, as all the big names got starts, but failed to bat on as the bowlers took centre stage.

The decisive spell came either side of the 40th over when the Village side lost three wickets for one run in 15 balls, including skipper Callum Riches for 26.

Alessandro Morris, the only player in the match to have a strike rate of better than 100, hit a defiant 24, but Morrissey took the final wicket with seven overs to spare.

India control second test

Cricket: India took control of the second test on Sunday, reducing England to 105-4 at stumps and still needing another 214 runs for an improbable win with one day left. Chasing a daunting 319, England at one stage lost three wickets for two runs - including that of struggling captain Alastair Cook for 22 - on the fourth day at Lord's.

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