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Tony McCoy ready to return

Tony McCoy is due to return to action at Ffos Las today after three falls on Saturday ruled him out of action at Towcester yesterday.

But McCoy looks set to miss out on riding Kauto Star in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day when the double Cheltenham Gold Cup winner goes for a record fifth successive victory in the race.

Kauto Star’s regular jockey Ruby Walsh was injured in a fall at the Down Royal Festival earlier this month after partnering Paul Nicholls’ charge to victory in the featured Champion Chase.

McCoy was believed to be in the frame to get the ride on Kauto Star but that job now looks likely to go to Noel Fehily, impressive as stand-in for Walsh who is ruled out until the New Year with a double fracture of his right leg sustained in a fall from Corrick Bridge in the Rainbow Telecom Handicap Chase.

McCoy, champion jockey for the last 15 years, had been booked to ride Cockney Prince in the Blizzard Handicap Hurdle at Towcester yesterday but took a rare day off after feeling “sore” following his fall from Albertas Run at Ascot on Saturday.

“I got a bit of a kick on the way down but I am just sore,” said McCoy, favourite for the coveted BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ahead of fellow Ulsterman Graeme McDowell.

His tumble at the third last when taking on Master Minded in the Amlin 1965 Chase was his third successive exit. He had suffered spills in the preceding two races from Arturo Uno in a three-mile handicap chase and Naughty Naughty in a two-and-three-quarter-mile handicap hurdle.

It was the fall from Albertas Run that did the damage, the Jonjo O'Neill-trained gelding appearing to kick McCoy as he lay on the ground.

McCoy limped to the ambulance and was taken off his remaining rides by the course doctor before receiving treatment to his shin.

“He's very sore. He's not riding today, but he's intending to ride tomorrow, I believe,” said McCoy's PA Gee Bradburne yesterday.

The 36-year-old is booked to ride Teaforthree and Grovemere at the Welsh track today.

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