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Dream Again Boys

Tony McCoy described conditions at Ffos Las as "horrific" as he notched a double on Dream Again Boys and The Bear Trap.

The 17-times champion took the bottomless ground into consideration on his mounts as he featured among several jockeys and trainers to have a couple of winners at the Welsh track.

He struck first on the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Dream Again Boys (9-2) when sending him on a long way out to claim the Lindley Group Event Caterers Handicap Hurdle by nine lengths from Pension Plan.

McCoy said: "The ground is so heavy. I didn't mean to ride him that handy. We were doing a little bit too much. I thought I would have him up there and hold on to him as long as I could. He coped with the ground and others didn't. It's as bad a ground as you could race on. It's horrific, it's so deep all the way round."

The champion doubled up with a cheeky success on The Bear Trap (11-2) for Rebecca Curtis in the IWEC Electrical Handicap Hurdle. He bided his time on the JP McManus-owned six-year-old, who was having his first run since April, before heading Hassadin on the run-in for a two-and-a-half-length verdict.

Curtis had earlier won with Bob Ford (4-1), who ran his rivals ragged to take the Stradley Park Maiden Hurdle under Tom Scudamore. The six-year-old ploughed through the mud to beat Water Wagtail by six lengths.

The Dyfed trainer said: "We've always liked him at home, but we haven't had him too long. We probably ran him back fairly soon (after 10 days), but it didn't look a great race, so we thought we'd take our chances."

Scudamore employed similar tactics as the David Pipe-trained Shaking Hands (3-1) swept to victory by 13 lengths from Ten Fires in the lindleygroup.com Handicap Chase.

Trainer Evan Williams and jockey Paul Moloney got in on the double-winning act with victories for One In A Milan (7-2) in the Davies Coaches Novices' Chase and Tin Pot Man (7-1) in the Custom Clothing Handicap Chase.

Williams said of the latter: "He had a hell of a fall last time over hurdles and took a long time to get up. He's only small but he's a genuine little horse and he just ground it out. I never thought he would go on those ground conditions, but he kept plugging away."

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