McCarthy, 19, started 1998 with a winner on New Year's Day, and on 7 August took his score to 55. But he had drawn a blank since until yesterday's victory on Oriel Star.
However, it was a desperately close call as he added to his tally, for the David Evans-trained filly had only a short head to spare over Tread Softly - the pair having raced on opposite sides of the course.
As the result was announced, McCarthy said: "It is getting on for four weeks since my last winner and it has been a very frustrating time, but you just have to keep battling away and hope your luck will change.''Reuse content