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McCoy makes no mistake at Las

A review of Sunday's meeting at Ffos Las where Tony McCoy rode his 50th ever winner at the Welsh racecourse.

McCoy took little time to get among the winners as At Fishers Cross landed the opening novices' hurdle on the card.

The JP McManus owned gelding had shown ability when previously trained by Charlie Swan in Ireland and was making his debut on this occasion for Rebecca Curtis.

Having travelled well throughout the contest, the 4/7 favourite was shaken up with a couple of flights to jump and he comfortably saw off the attentions of Copper Birch.

The partnership were to quickly register a double through Boyfromnowhere just half-an-hour later.

The 17-times champion made the race a thorough staying test for his rivals and despite edging right at his obstacles, the five-year-old had enough in hand to make all at odds of 6/4.

The victory provided McCoy his 50th winner at the Carmarthenshire venue, and the rider, who rode a treble at the track's opening fixture, was presented with a painting of his first winner that day, Sea Wall, by racecourse chairman Dai Walters.

Evan Williams seldom leaves Ffos Las empty handed and Bonoman (11/4) was a comfortable winner of the third race under 10lb claimer, Conor Ring.

Venetia Williams' string have been in fantastic form over the last few days so it was a surprise to see Howard's Legacy so easy to back on course despite the six-year-old being the handler's only runner on the card.

Punters that took the hint were duly rewarded as he put up a gutsy display to land the Beginners' Chase on the card at odds of 9/1.

Proof of just how testing conditions were on the afternoon was to be provided by shock 25/1 winner Le Beau Bai in the Grosevenor Casino Swansea Handicap Hurdle.

Richard Lee's charge won the Welsh National at Chepstow last December and he showed plenty of guile to fend off Valley Lad under top-weight of 11st 12lb.

Bounds And Leaps proved to be a family affair as the 4/1 chance defied a 234-day absence to post victory for brothers, Tom and Michael Scudamore.

Dai Walters' runners at the track are always worth a second glance and the owner of the racecourse got back his own sponsorship money as John Reel sluiced home at odds of 6/4 in the closing bumper.