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AP McCoy back where it all began at Mid Antrim point-to-point in Moneyglass

By Frank Brownlow

Published 25/09/2015

Homeward bound: AP McCoy
Homeward bound: AP McCoy

AP McCoy will cause quite a stir when he returns to his roots tomorrow, presenting the prize to the winner of the opening race at the Mid Antrim point-to-point at Moneyglass, Toomebridge.

The Ulster racing legend will then take part in a question and answer session at the Tumbledown Bar in Toomebridge before riding in a donkey derby.

McCoy (41) - who retired last May after clinching a 20th successive champion jockey title and riding 4,348 career winners - grew up in Moneyglass before leaving the area to pursue a glittering career in the saddle.

McCoy, who won the 2010 Aintree Grand National on Don't Push It, rode in a charity race at Doncaster earlier this month - which he won - but maintains he has no plans to return to race riding on a more permanent basis.

Ryan Moore finished third aboard Peterhof as the leading light of the weighing room returned to action at Newmarket.

The three-times champion has been sidelined since July 9 after suffering a bad neck injury when his mount Newton's Law reared up in the stalls before a five-furlong handicap at Newmarket.

Moore said: "I feel fine after 11 weeks out. I'm not surprised to be back this quick, but it is hard to know with injuries. You just take it week by week and over the last few days things have moved quicker and I've just felt ready.

"I've not really targeted this week, but I am pleased to be back and ready for some good races."

Moore has three rides at Newmarket today - Thetis, Time Test and Cannock Chase.

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