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Super Tony McCoy all set to hit bookies for six at Uttoxeter today

By Frank Brownlow

Tony McCoy has a book of six quality rides at Uttoxeter today – and after yesterday's stunning treble at Worcester the bookies are sure to be running for cover.

The Ulsterman is in the form of his life, moving on to 127 winners for the campaign which gives him a realistic chance of breaking the unprecedented 300 barrier for the season, which ends in April.

McCoy, who turned 40 in May, holds the current record of 289, set way back in 2002.

McCoy won on board Accessallareas, Kitchapoly and Patsys Castle yesterday – before a shock defeat when finishing second on red hot 1-5 favourite Whatdoesthefoxsay in the last race.

At Uttoxeter today, McCoy rides Deadly Sting, Midnight Oscar, Don Padeja, Mission Complete and O'Callaghan Strand – before linking up in the last with Ever So Much, a horse he completed a nine-day hat-trick on earlier this month.

At his current rate, McCoy – closing in on an incredible 20th successive champion jockey title – could hit the previously unheard of 5,000 winner mark in two more seasons. He racked up the 4,000 tally last November.

Reckless Abandon can secure his first success in nearly two years in the John Smith's Original Scarbrough Stakes at Doncaster.

Much has happened since the colt landed Group Ones at Newmarket and at Deauville in 2012 when in the care of Clive Cox, but he simply cannot be overlooked in a race of this nature.

Despite having been subfertile at stud, Reckless Abandon made a really encouraging return to the fray at Newmarket towards the end of August.

Reckless Abandon stayed on earnestly in a six-furlong Listed affair to finish a close third behind Tropics on what was his first outing since last October.

Now with Godolphin and Charlie Appleby, the son of Exchange Rate should be a great deal sharper for that Newmarket blow-out, while the return to five furlongs is of little consequence.

Reckless Abandon won over course and distance on his first start for Cox, which may go some way to explaining why connections decided not to send the sprinter for a race on Irish Champions Weekend.

Winner of five of his nine starts and now running without a Group One penalty, it would be a big shock if he were to take a step backwards in South Yorkshire - especially with ground conditions for the first day of the St Leger festival just about ideal.

Lincoln was a little unfortunate at Chester last month, but compensation could await in the Romero Insurance Brokers Ltd Handicap.

Mick Channon's consistent colt found his path blocked at an important stage during a mile handicap, after which he galloped strongly towards the line to finish fourth.

Although he has not won since last September, and may also be susceptible to a genuinely progressive thoroughbred, the son of Clodovil is a willing ally in these sort of races and is unquestionably due a change of luck.

Graham Lee's appointment will also be an asset given the jockey's expertise on the northern scene.

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