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Tony McCoy set to return to action tomorrow

Champion jockey Tony McCoy is set to return to action at Ludlow on Thursday.

McCoy sustained broken ribs in a bad fall from Nicky Henderson's Quantitativeeasing at Cheltenham last month, an injury which ruled him out of the concluding weeks of the season.

Since the new campaign got underway, title rival Jason Maguire has made a lightning start, highlighted by a treble at Sedgefield on Tuesday, and McCoy will be keen to not let him get too far ahead.

The 18-times champion will ride Church Field, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, in the Lycetts Insurance Brokers Novices' Handicap Hurdle.

Church Field is carrying a 7lb penalty having won at Newton Abbot last week.

Maguire admits he is under no illusions as the task ahead of him now McCoy is fit again.

He said: "It will be great to see him back and he'll be raring to go

"I think he was laughing at me the other day, saying we should have been 50 ahead of him and not 15!

"He's an iron man, even coming back this quickly from the fall he had.

"It's going to be very hard and I'm under no illusions taking him on, but you can only try.

"I'll take it day by day and see how we get on.

"Realistically, if you finish in the first five you've had a great season," he told At The Races.

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