Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 14 December 2017

McCoy cools talk of beating record

Age does not seem to be slowing AP McCoy's relentless pursuit of his 17th champion jockeys' title.

At close of play on Thursday, his 60 winners since April 24 was three more than he had achieved at the corresponding date during his record-breaking 2001/2002 season, when he rode 289 winners.

Yesterday, McCoy (37) played down his chances of breaking his record ahead of the most valuable card of the summer jump racing season at Market Rasen today, for which he acknowledged he had a strong book of rides, including Street Entertainer (2.05) and Schindler's Gold (3.45).

"I'm in Ireland on Sunday and I'll be at the Galway Festival for most of the following week. That'll slow things down and if you're going all out for a record, you can't afford to miss a day," he said.

Workforce's owners hoping for Ascot 'give'

Workforce is an intended runner in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot next weekend -- as long as the ground is suitable.

Last year's Derby and Arc winner badly disappointed in the race last year and there had been rumblings he may miss this season's renewal following his narrow defeat to So You Think in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

However, Teddy Grimthorpe, owner Khalid Abdullah's racing manager, yesterday reiterated that Michael Stoute's colt will be in the line-up if there is sufficient give in the ground.

"He's an intended runner if the ground is all right," said Grimthorpe. "We have no worries taking him back there. He's come out of Sandown very well."

Frankel unlikely Breeders' runner

Frankel could step up in trip to 10 furlongs on the inaugural Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot in October after connections described a crack at York's Juddmonte International as "probably unlikely."

Henry Cecil's three-year-old is gearing up for a mouth-watering clash with Canford Cliffs, regarded as the best older miler in training, in the Sussex Stakes at the upcoming Glorious Goodwood meeting.

While Frankel's owner, Khalid Abdullah, would dearly love to win the York race he sponsors through his Juddmonte breeding operation, Grimthorpe believes Ascot could provide a better option to whether the colt stays at a mile or moves up in distance.

"I wouldn't have thought he'd go to the Breeders' Cup. He'll probably end up at Ascot on Champions Day in either the mile (QEII) or the mile-and-a-quarter (Champion Stakes) race."

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