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Tony McCoy to four at Cheltenham Open meeting

BY FRANK BROWNLOW

Tony McCoy could be set for a big day at the Cheltenham Open meeting with a cracking book of four rides for owner JP McManus and trainer Jonjo O'Neill.

McCoy, who smashed through the 4,000 winner barrier last week, rides Eastlake, Taquin Du Seuil, Upswing and Edmaaj.

The prolific Ulsterman, closing in on an incredible 19th successive champion jockey title, is relishing his visit to Cheltenham.

"Looking forward to the Open this weekend. Best meeting this side of Xmas and hopefully a few winners," he tweeted.

The 39-year-old rides Lucinda Russell's Tap Night – owned by McManus – in tomorrow's feature, the Paddy Power Gold Cup, with the big meeting concluding on Sunday.

Taquin Du Seuil can star today. O'Neill's charge was a Grade One winner last term, landing the Challow Hurdle on desperate ground at Newbury over Christmas.

The form has not worked out particularly well and while Taquin Du Seuil was beaten at the Cheltenham Festival, he still bowed out with a hurdles mark of 147.

That kind of rating makes him a hugely interesting recruit to the chasing ranks and he made a good start when winning at Ffos Las last month.

The two-mile trip was a bit on the short side but as he was head and shoulders above his rivals on hurdles form, it was no surprise to see him win in facile style despite a couple of sticky jumps.

That run should have sharpened him up nicely and today's Steel Plate And Sections Novices Chase looks the ideal event in which to continue his education.

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