TWO wins from four rides provided Tony McCoy with another profitable afternoon at Stratford last Saturday.

The McCoy/Martin Pipe partnership landed two favourites on a day when the punters were in good mood with a succession of short-priced winners.

McCoy, though, failed to land the main prize when Mister Benjamin missed out on the Intrum Justitia Handicap Chase, a race won by 4/1 shot Foly Pleasant, ridden by Jamie Culloty.

Cotswold trainer, Alan King, could only watch as Richard Thornton steered 8/1 chance Hurricane Lamp to third place behind King of Sparta.

Frosty Canyon a 15-8 shot of Banbury trainer Paul Webber, set the trend for the afternoon with victory in the opener when Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Wishbone was sent off 11-8 favourite only to finish second.

Ellamine was the first favourite to prevail in the second race, while Miss Fara was another sent off at the top of the odds boards as McCoy won the PSM Micro Computers Handicap Hurdle from Jonjo O'Neill's Lorenzini.

McCoy missed out in the big race and then had to settle for third in the Trett Consulting Handicap Chase as Leaburn took the honours for trainer Paul Hobbs at 4/1.

Odds-on shot Tissifer gave McCoy his second win in the John Smith's Smooth Handicap Hurdle as Thornton added a second place finish to his earlier brace of third places.

It was the turn of the ladies in the sixth and final handicap hurdle when the bookies were smiling at last as Country Kris, sent off at 16/1, ended up in the winners' enclosure.

Luddington Road stages its second Countryside Day next Thursday.

The day is to raise money, profile and awareness of The Countryside Foundation for Education (CFE). The first of six races gets under way at 1.20pm.

McCoy, is now almost certain to retain the jockey's championship after Richard Johnson suffered a broken leg at Exeter on Tuesday.

The Toddington-based rider suffered the injury after a horrific fall that resulted in the tragic death of the Philip Hobbs-trained Iloco II.

Johnson, who is second in the title race after riding 81 winners, is likely to be out of action for three months after sustaining a fracture of of his tibia and fibula in the lower part of his right leg.