McCoy pips Johnson to century

Tony McCoy beat Richard Johnson to the 100-winner mark this season by completing an 11-1 double at Carlisle yesterday. The champion jockey and his biggest rival both started the day on 99 winners for the campaign but Johnson drew a blank at Fontwell.

Tony McCoy beat Richard Johnson to the 100-winner mark this season by completing an 11-1 double at Carlisle yesterday. The champion jockey and his biggest rival both started the day on 99 winners for the campaign but Johnson drew a blank at Fontwell.

Both McCoy's winners were trained by Jonjo O'Neill, who has enjoyed an inspired spell since the news broke that he is to move south from Cumbria to take over at the Jackdaws Castle training complex in Gloucestershire. O'Neill's 33 winners in Britain this season is a figure bettered only by Martin Pipe and Philip Hobbs.

McCoy, who missed out on breaking his own record for the fastest century by just one day, said: "I kind of knew that after having two weeks off and three weeks for concussion, I wouldn't get the record. I'll just keep riding winners which is what you need to do to keep M C Pipe happy."

Referring to recent reports that McCoy might be ready to leave his position as stable jockey to Pipe, he continued: "We've got a lot of good horses and Mr Pipe has been very good to me. He's easy to ride for, which a lot of people don't understand, and the horses are always in brilliant condition.

"I'd love to win a Gold Cup this season, especially for Mr Pipe, who has never had a winner of the race and I'd like to win a Grand National, but I'll have to get round first."

The trainer Andrew Parker sent out his first winners since taking over from his late father, Colin, last month, through Hugo De Grez and Workaway.

* Richard Hughes received a 19-day suspension from the Jockey Club yesterday under the totting-up procedure after irresponsible riding at Newmarket last month.

* The trainer Garry Woodward is to appeal against the Jockey Club's withdrawal of his licence for 14 months, starting today, for breaches of the rules relating to the Stable Percentage Money scheme.

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