Racing: Mulrennan notches Wetherby double

Corona Borealis ridden by Paul Mulrennan, left, gets up to catch Be Perfect ridden by James Sullivan to win the bet365 Handicap Stakes at Wetherby Racecourse.
Corona Borealis ridden by Paul Mulrennan, left, gets up to catch Be Perfect ridden by James Sullivan to win the bet365 Handicap Stakes at Wetherby Racecourse.
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The day after the emotional retirement of the legendary Tony McCoy, jockey Paul Mulrennan got on his bike as he celebrated today’s first ever Flat meeting at Wetherby with a double.

Mulrennan cycled the five miles from his home to the West Yorkshire venue and then walked the track before racing.

His hard work was rewarded as he first drove Kevin Ryan’s 3-1 shot Mount Tahan to an all-the-way win in division two of the bet365 EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.

Mulrennan’s brace came on 7-1 hope Corona Borealis, formerly trained in Ireland by Johnny Murtagh, who lost his maiden tag for trainer Michael Dods on his British debut with a hard-fought success in the bet365 Handicap.

The 5,000-strong crowd at Wetherby were treated to a thriller in the opening bet365.com Handicap as 11-1 shot In Focus, trained by Alan Swinbank and ridden by David Allan, obliged by a nose. Allan later completed a double on the Geoff Harker-trained 8-1 contender Moccasin in the concluding Casino At bet365 Handicap.

Other highlights included a double of sorts for jockey Kieren Fallon who bred Ben Haslam’s Lady Lekki, a 20-1 winner of the bet365 Maiden Auction Stakes under Andrew Elliott. Fallon later scored in his more recognised role as a jockey as the George Margarson-trained 3-1 favourite Snappy Guest took the Bingo At bet365 Handicap.

Fallon beamed: “It’s lovely here. It’s one of the better northern tracks and pity they didn’t have it before now, but it’s great.”

Saturday was all about the fun fare at Sandown where 20-times champion jockey McCoy was out of luck on his final two rides – Mr Mole who was third in the bet365 AP McCoy Celebration Chase and Box Office who filled the same place in the bet365 Handicap Hurdle. McCoy said: “There were tears on the way back from riding Box Office, I was trying to keep them in.”

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