Tony McCoy had to settle for second place aboard Key To The West at Warwick as he made his comeback from injury this afternoon.
The champion jockey had been out of action since falling from Laudatory at Taunton at the end of last month. He suffered cracked ribs and a punctured lung in the spill.
Nicky Henderson’s five-year-old was sent off 11/8 favourite but was no match for easy winner Ballyalton, who scored unchallenged by 18 lengths.
McCoy said: “I’d feel better if I’d had a winner, he was a bit keen so there you go.
“I’ve recovered pretty quickly from what happened and I wanted to be back for Cheltenham (at the weekend) and for riding a few horses over the next couple of weeks.
“I’ll be riding at Huntingdon tomorrow (Friday) and I will try to build things back up from there.”
Henderson added: “He said he felt all right but knowing AP he is hardly going to say anything different.”