Tony McCoy gallops toward 4,000 career winners

Tony McCoy rode a double at Ffos Las to move within nine victories of reaching 4,000 career winners.

McCoy, who followed a five-timer at Carlisle last Thursday with five more successes at Aintee's weekend fixture, scored on hurdler Minella For Steak and Taquin Du Seuil, who was making a winning start over fences. Both are trained by Jonjo O'Neill.

Taquin Du Seuil, who won the Grade One Challow Novice Hurdle last season, was given a quote of 16-1 for the Jewson Novice Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. "He galloped into the last a bit, which was a bit clumsy, but he was very good," McCoy said.