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WATCH: Tony McCoy reaches 4,000 winners in thrilling ride at Towcester

Jonjo O’Neill’s Mountain Tunes provides the 18-time champion jockey with a historic win.

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TONY MCCOY CELEBRATED the 4,000th winner of his career at Towcester this afternoon, marking the milestone with a ride that summed up his genius in the saddle.

After missing out with his first runner of the day, McCoy drove 6/4 favourite Mountain Tunes to win the Weatherbys Novices’ Hurdle.

The 39-year-old, who has been crowned champion jockey 18 times, becomes the first person in the history of the sport to reach the landmark.

His magnificent 4,000 is considerably more than the next most successful jockey, Richard Johnson, who has more than 2,500 wins to his name.

“It was just amazing,” McCoy said. ”It couldn’t have worked out any better.”

Riding in the colours of JP McManus for Jonjo O’Neill, McCoy looked set to come up short in the home straight.

But as the leaders jumped the last, he passed Aidan Coleman on Panama Petrus and then reeled in Jamie Moore and Kris Spin to edge a thrilling finish by half a length.

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