A HAT-TRICK for Tom Scudamore stole the show from Tony McCoy at Newton Abbot as the Wiltshire-based champion jockey's wait to reach Martin Pipe's phenomenal record goes on.
McCoy was very much the headline act at the Devon circuit, requiring just one winner from a book of four rides to draw level with Pipe's total of 4,191 career winners, a personal target set by the incomparable jockey when he passed the 4,000 mark at Towcester last November.
He was widely expected to get the job done at the first time of asking as he partnered prolific mare and 3-10 favourite Supreme Present in the opening At The Races Virgin 534 Novices' Hurdle, but she could only manage a disappointing third as Scudamore struck aboard David Bridgwater's hurdling debutant Collodi (8-1).
McCoy, based at Baydon near Marlborough, was also out of luck on his three subsequent rides and with no National Hunt racing taking place in Britain on Tuesday, his next appearance in the saddle is likely to come at Uttoxeter on Wednesday.
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