Sundae dinner has all festive trimmings for AP McCoy
Champion jockey AP McCoy has said he can't wait to finally try a Christmas dinner - even though the low calorie meal developed by scientists sounds like a tasteless joke from a cracker.
Record-breaking winner McCoy has to keep his weight down every year, as he rides on Boxing Day.
But now a team of food scientists has come up with a festive dinner so jockeys can enjoy festive fare without failing the weigh-in.
The average Brit gets through thousands of calories on Christmas Day, but Dr Rachel Edwards-Stuart, who spent three years working with eccentric chef Heston Blumenthal, and Miguel Toribio-Mateas, chairman of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy, have created a 294 calorie meal.
The team was asked by bookies William Hill to come up with a meal for jockeys racing over the festive period who normally restrict themselves to crackers and water.
However, the menu sounds like even the Moneyglass jockey's horse might turn its nose up at what's on offer. The boffins used modern cooking techniques to come up with a meal including turkey gel, dehydrated Brussels sprouts, potato foam and cranberry air.
However, McCoy said it was "a great invention" that would let him join in with his family at Christmas. He said: "I always used to feel a bit left out when they all started tucking in to their turkey, so this year I am looking forward to enjoying the full flavours of Christmas lunch, without having to worry about the calories."
Dr Edwards-Stuart said: "I am used to experimenting with tastes and textures but the brief from William Hill to prepare an appetising meal that features all of the flavours of the traditional Christmas lunch, but at a fraction of the calories, was a challenge.
"I created a layered dish full of different flavours and textures that I hope will prove both delicious and visually appealing to our jockeys."