McCoy gearing up for Festival fever

Champion jockey Tony McCoy is praying he stays free of trouble in the next fortnight before heading off to the Cheltenham Festival.

McCoy has ridden more winners at the showpiece meeting than any jockey currently riding and will be looking to add to his already impressive tally of 15.

Despite having an impressive book of rides over the four days, the champion feels his best chance lies in the ultra-competitive Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle on the opening day.

“You’ve got to be careful at this time of year to make sure you don’t pick up any injuries or suspensions,” McCoy told At The Races.

“I suppose you can’t control if you get a suspension or not but you have no control over a fall. You’ve just got to hope you stay in one piece with Cheltenham only two weeks away.

“A bit like myself. I’m hoping that all my rides get to the meeting okay. There is a lot of pressure on trainers at this time of year to get them there in the best possible shape.

“It’s hard not to look forward to Brave Inca though. He’s been very impressive in his wins so far this year.

“He beat Macs Joy last time at Leopardstown and he is probably going to be his main danger again. Hopefully he’ll get there and with a bit of luck hopefully he’ll win.”

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