Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

McCoy making his Down Royal return

Champion jockey Tony McCoy is set to race at Down Royal for the first time since 1994 when he rides the highly-rated Jared in the Anglo-Irish Hurdle tomorrow.

Jared, trained by Noel Meade, has been backed as short as 10-1 for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham next March.

His best effort came when he won the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown in April and on that performances, was rated the the top novice of the season.

Meade has been booked by McCoy who of course, is the number one jockey for owner JP McManus.

“All being well, the horse runs but if the going comes up heavy, he will stay at home,” said Meade.

In the current weather the going is unlikely to be better than soft.

McCoy’s last appearance at the track 14 years ago, saw him win for Ian Ferguson on board Huncheon Chance.

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