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Tony McCoy's comeback is extended out to two races

By Frank Brownlow

After stressing that his ride in a legends race at Doncaster in September would be strictly a one-off, Tony McCoy has signed up for another outing next month.

The Ulster great retired at the end of April after winning a 20th successive jump jockey title.

McCoy, who turned 41 last month, has a total of 4,348 winners to his name, more than any other jockey.

He will be back in action at the Barbury International Horse Trials, riding in the JCB Champions Challenge on July 11, a jumps race over a specially designed course with jump jockeys taking on event riders.

Joining McCoy will be his old rival Richard Johnson - perennial runner-up to the Ulsterman in the title race - rising star Sam Twiston-Davies and Wayne Hutchinson.

The eventers team has a top line-up, including Andrew Nicholson and fellow New Zealander Sir Mark Todd.

The race is in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund.

McCoy said: "I have been riding out so I hope fitness won't be a problem."

Barbury International Horse Trials chairman Nigel Bunter said: "Last year the jump jockeys were victorious in the inaugural running of this event and with the some of the greatest names in horseracing and eventing taking part and its also very exciting we will be welcoming AP McCoy to Barbury.

"We are expecting a nail biting renewal and the eventers will be hungry for a win."

McCoy will ride in the Leger Legends race at Doncaster on September 9, part of the St Leger Festival.

Meanwhile, there is plenty of action coming up on the local front.

Downpatrick stages a competitive fixture on Sunday afternoon, while Down Royal's big two-day summer festival opens with an evening fixture on Friday week.

The showpiece Magners Ulster Derby is the following afternoon.

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