Saturday 18 November 2017

McCoy second on injury return

TONY McCoy had to settle for second place at Warwick as he returned to action after nearly a month on the sidelines.

The jockey had been sidelined since December 30 when he sustained broken ribs and a punctured lung in a fall at Taunton.

After taking his time to return to the track, McCoy eased back into the fray aboard the Nicky Henderson-trained Key To The West in the Racing UK Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race.

McCoy said: “I've recovered pretty quickly and I wanted to be back for Cheltenham (at the weekend).”

Ipsos Du Berlais could go straight for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival without another run.

The six-year-old, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, is a top-priced 16-1 shot for the three-mile contest after coming home six-and-a-half lengths clear of Western Leader at Punchestown earlier this month.

“I think it's quite likely he will be entered in the three-mile novice hurdle at Cheltenham and he could go there,” said trainer Noel Meade.

Another Meade horse, Realt Dubh, looks set for a spring campaign with his entries including the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.

“I'm very happy with him. His progress is good, he's doing everything according to plan,” said Meade.

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