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Biting Back: McCoy needs a miracle to get to big 300

By Frank Brownlow

Tony McCoy will now need something approaching a miracle if he is to ride 300 winners this season - but he could play the key role in another incredible feat.

McCoy is currently recovering from rib and shoulder injuries sustained in a fall last month at Worcester and has been pencilled in for a return to action before the end of the month.

Before the setback, the Ulsterman was well on course to hit the unprecedented 300 mark. He holds the current record of 289.

But, with the 40-year-old currently stuck on 152 winners and forced to sit out this weekend's big Cheltenham Open meeting, injury looks to have scuppered his chances of reaching 300 before the season ends in April.

But McCoy will be delighted to have the chance to help Jonjo O'Neill become only the third man to win both the champion jockey and trainer titles.

McCoy is employed by leading owner JP McManus, with O'Neill the Limerick native's principal trainer. Therefore the Moneyglass man regularly partners O'Neill's horses - including Don't Push It to Grand National success.

The only champion jockeys to have claimed the trainers title are Fred Rimell and Fred Winter.

O'Neill was off target at Cheltenham yesterday, with one of his main rivals - and current champion - Paul Nicholls winning the concluding race courtesy of Morito Du Berlais. Nicky Henderson, champion in 2013, is the other heavyweight contender.

O'Neill was champion jockey in 1978 and 1980. McCoy incidentally should wrap up his 20th successive title come April - a feat that will never be bettered.

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