McCoy targets next week for his return to action

Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy: long way clear in jockeys’ championship despite absence

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TONY McCOY is targeting the middle of next week for a return to the saddle, as he bids to be match-fit for the ride on More Of That in the bet365 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on November 29.

The 19-time champion jockey last rode on November 5, but has been forced to miss most of the month recovering from an old rib injury that was aggravated in a fall at Exeter.

Since October McCoy has been dogged by injury, with his Exeter spill forcing him to take time off and recover, but he is now nearing a resumption of the pursuit of a 20th consecutive jockeys’ championship.

He said on Thursday: “I’m probably going to be back riding on Wednesday or Thursday, depending on what I’ve got to ride. I wanted to be back for More Of That at Newbury.”

The Jonjo O’Neill-trained hurdler is unbeaten in five starts, and McCoy has intentionally given himself longer to recuperate before riding the six-year-old at Newbury.

“He looks a very smart horse,” McCoy added. “He’s a World Hurdle winner and one of the highest-rated jumpers in training. He is the reason I’ve ended up taking as long to come back as I have and I’ll hopefully now be okay for the rest of the season.”

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