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McCoy confirms Star ride

AP McCoy has confirmed he will ride Kauto Star in Sunday's William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton Park.

The 15-times champion jockey, who was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2010 last Sunday, has taken the ride of the brilliant 10-year-old, who is aiming for a fifth successive victory in the prestigious Boxing Day race.

After intended jockey Noel Fehily stood himself down due to an injury, McCoy told BBC Radio Five Live: "It's every jockey's dream to ride a horse like Kauto Star - what he has achieved, winning four King Georges and two Gold Cups and many other races as well, you can't not but look forward to riding him."

He added: "Trevor Hemmings, who owns Albertas Run, was very kind to give me the opportunity to ride Kauto Star instead of Albertas Run, so thanks to Trevor for that."

McCoy expressed his sympathy for Fehily, who is set to be sidelined for six weeks because of a wrist problem.

"That is the worst part of being a jump jockey. Obviously Noel was going to ride him, and before that Ruby Walsh, but luckily for me I've been given the opportunity," he continued.

"You always want to ride the best. When Paul (Nicholls) asked me my immediate thought was, 'Of course I want to ride him' but you've got to speak to Jonjo O'Neill and Trevor Hemmings.

"I rang Jonjo and I rang Trevor Hemmings myself. I wasn't being very loyal - I wanted to ride another horse but he was very understanding and luckily for me that was the case.

"He's a fantastic horse, he stays well and if he puts up anything close to his King George performances beforehand he'll win it."


From Belfast Telegraph