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Champion jockey Tony McCoy set for five-timer at Carlisle
SOMETIME between now and Christmas, Tony McCoy, provided he steers clear of injury, should become the first jump jockey in history to ride 4,000 winners. At Carlisle today, the multiple champion has excellent prospects of greatly aiding his cause by completing a five-timer.
McCoy, who adopts a have-saddle-will-travel policy all-year round, shows no signs of his passion or enthusiasm waning, despite all his achievements.
Carlisle punters will certainly be singing his praises louder than ever if he dominates this afternoon’s Star Sports-sponsored card, which is entirely possible.
McCoy rides Milan Bound in the opening novices’ hurdle and this promising gelding makes appeal after ending his bumper campaign in Ireland with a win at Fairyhouse. He has the potential to do well over hurdles for Jonjo O’Neill and JP McManus, McCoy’s retaining owner.
Upswing and Finding Your Feet, also trained by O’Neill, could also oblige for McCoy in the McManus silks.
Upswing has not been seen out since winning last March, but that victory was achieved on this course. He is set to race off a 6lb higher mark and has obvious claims.
Finding Your Feet, who runs in the first division of the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle, gave notice that his winning turn was near on his latest outing. The five-year-old went down by less than a length at Ffos Las and a reproduction of that form would make him hard to beat.
McManus also has plenty of horses in training with trainers other than O’Neill and one of them, Pendra, is McCoy’s most talented partner of the day in the beginners’ chase.
Trained by the in-form Charlie Longsdon, the five-year-old has won three of his five races and was among last season’s leading novice hurdlers, having finished second to Melodic Rendevous in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.
He promises to develop into a high-ranking novice chaser this season and hopes will be high that he can make a winning debut over fences.
There is no form to go on with the unraced Dubai Sonnet in the closing bumper, but it is surely significant that North Yorkshire trainer Alan Swinbank has engaged McCoy to ride his four-year-old.
At Wolverhampton’s evening meeting, Norton trainer Kristin Stubbs has winning prospects with Bogsnog in the 32Red Handicap (division one).
The sprinter went down by just a head to Fat Gary on this course a fortnight ago. He now tries another furlong in the hands of apprentice Jake Butterfield.
Recent winner Dustland Fairytale (6.10) and Flemish School (7.40), who is overdue a winning turn after finishing in the frame in all four of his previous races, are two others to note.
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