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Stuart Crawford is pondering AP McCoy move for Yes Tom

By Ashlewy Iveson

Stuart Crawford could call upon the services of Tony McCoy to partner Yes Tom in the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr on Saturday.

With the Paul Nicholls-trained Sam Winner set to take his chance under top weight of 11st 12lb, just 26 of the 54 confirmed entries are in the handicap proper with 10st or above.

The champion jockey's most obvious mount is the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Catching On, who was favourite for last month's Midlands National at Uttoxeter but parted company with McCoy at the eighth fence.

However, he sits on a perch of 10st 3lb and with McCoy's lowest riding weight in the last 12 months 10st 4lb, the soon-to-retire jockey would need to slim down or risk putting up overweight.

With 10st 6lb on his back, Yes Tom may be an obvious alternative as McCoy prepares to make his final appearance at the Scottish circuit.

McCoy steered the 10-year-old to a course victory on his penultimate start and Crawford would be interested in giving him the ride if he became available.

The County Antrim trainer said: "Looking at the forecast, there's a bit of rain forecast for the middle of the week and then it's due to dry up again.

"As long as the ground is around good or good to soft, we'll definitely be letting the horse take his chance.

"We haven't anything finalised on the jockey front at this stage.

"That (using McCoy) would definitely be an option as he's won on the horse before, but I'd have to speak to him and his agent to see if he would be interested in the ride.

"Paul Carberry rode him in the last year, so he'd definitely be a player as well."

McCoy's agent Dave Roberts confirmed his client will be at Ayr on Saturday, but has not yet firmed up a ride in the feature event.

"He'll definitely be there (Ayr on Saturday), but he has no ride in the Scottish National yet," said Roberts.

"He's going to Cheltenham on Tuesday and Wednesday and then the two days at Ayr."

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