McCoy looks to complete his fastest century at Worcester
Published 19/08/2014 | 00:00
There is an outside chance that Tony McCoy could smash his own record for the fastest 100 winners in a jumps season at Worcester this evening.
The 19-times champion jockey has clocked 96 winners since the start of May and he has four rides: American Legend, Temple Lord, Mission Complete and Mr Burgees. To beat his record, set in 2001 when the Co Antrim native went on to set his landmark of 289 winners in a season, he needs to reach the century before September 4.
In France today, Pat Shanahan will be hoping that his Maid Of The Glens can throw down the gauntlet to French Guineas and Oaks winner Avenir Certain.
The Kilkenny trainer is not frightened of taking on the big fish, as his filly finished a decent sixth behind Bracelet on her most recent start in the Irish Oaks.
Avenir Certain, trained by Jean-Claude Roget, has been given a break since her most recent Classic victory at Chantilly and does not have to carry a penalty in the Group Two Shadwell Prix de la Nonette.
Shanahan said: "It looks a strong race but she ran very well in the Irish Oaks for a filly rated 79. She's fresh and well, and I'm very happy with her"
Also in the line-up is the Aga Khan's Vazira, which lost her own unbeaten record when fourth in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, and Roger Charlton's Be My Gal.
There is further British interest in the shape of Madame Chiang, David Simcock's Musidora winner.
Meanwhile, Dermot Weld's Pale Mimosa has been left topping the weight on 9st 10lb for Saturday's Betfred Ebor at York. The defection of Eye Of The Storm and Camborne leaves Weld's mare, which won the 2012 Galtres Stakes on the Knavesmire, sitting alone at the head.
Another raider still in the mix includes the Tony Martin-trained Ted Veale, but his well-supported stablemate Quick Jack will need a good few horses to drop out to get a run.