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AP McCoy has endured an interrupted month since taking a few days of after a fall at Worcester in early October.

AP McCoy has endured an interrupted month since taking a few days of after a fall at Worcester in early October.

AP McCoy has endured an interrupted month since taking a few days of after a fall at Worcester in early October.

AP McCoy's quest to ride an unprecedented 300 winners in a season looks increasingly elusive after he revealed that he will miss most of November having aggravated an old rib injury.

The 19-time champion jockey has endured an interrupted month since taking a few days off after a fall at Worcester on October 9. He rode winners on his return before again taking time off with a shoulder injury, but he has ridden consistently for the past couple of weeks.

However, a year to the day after his landmark 4,000th winner at Towcester, McCoy opted not to fulfil his sole booking at the same meeting.

"I went to see my sports medicine specialist Julian Widdowson this morning as I am very sore having aggravated an old injury at Exeter on Tuesday," he subsequently told the 'Daily Telegraph'. "It has been decided it needs some time and it will probably be two weeks before I go back and see him."

As expected, Henry de Bromhead's evergreen Sizing Europe was among the 11 entries unveiled for next Thursday's Clonmel Oil Chase.

The appearance of Willie Mullins' exciting dual Cheltenham Festival hero Champagne Fever in the two-and-a-half-mile Grade Two was less predictable, so it could prove an unexpected treat should he turn up, with Mouse Morris' fellow Grade One winner First Lieutenant also engaged.

De Bromhead has stated that he intends running both Days Hotel and Special Tiara in Sunday's Ladbrokes Fortria Chase at Navan, though it remains to be seen if Little King Robin will bid to extend her fantastic sequence in the Lismullen Hurdle on the same card.

"If the ground doesn't deteriorate too much there is a chance that she could run on Sunday," Colin Bowe said of his star mare. Conditions at Navan are currently being given as yielding to soft.

Meanwhile, dual Grade One victor Slade Power will lock horns with the best Australian sprinters when he tackles the Sprint Classic in Flemington in the early hours of tomorrow. Eddie Lynam's fractious colt has been granted dispensation to load late under Wayne Lordan in the six-furlong Grade One.

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