Key ride for McCoy as champion jockey prepares to make return from injury
Champion AP McCoy eases back into action on Key To The West in the bumper at Warwick on Thursday 26 days after breaking ribs and puncturing a lung in a fall at Taunton.
His ride, a Nicky Henderson-trained son of Westerner who cost 125,000 euros, provides a platform for the 16-time champion to warm up for an important weekend of Cheltenham Festival trials.
The famously resilient McCoy, who has notched 174 winners this season, will have to be passed fit to ride by the Warwick course doctor and has balanced his desire for a rapid return with caution.
Comeback: Tony McCoy broke several ribs and punctured a lung
He said: ‘I’ve been feeling good the last week or 10 days. I broke a few ribs at the back and a few at the front as well. For the first week, I was easy enough to deal with as I wasn’t able to do a lot. For the last week or 10 days I’ve been a little more agitated.
‘I would have liked to have come back sooner. What worried me was if I came back and I wasn’t physically able to take a heavy fall again, I’d end up missing a lot more.’
Meanwhile, David Pipe-trained Grand National favourite Junior, yet to race this season, is an entry in the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock on February 18.