McCoy takes Des Champs mount

Tony McCoy will take the ride on Sir Des Champs in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

McCoy takes Des Champs mount

Tony McCoy will take the ride on Sir Des Champs in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

His intended mount Sunnyhillboy was declared a late non-runner by trainer Jonjo O’Neill due to an unsatisfactory scope.

That leaves McCoy free to take over from the injured Davy Russell aboard Willie Mullins’ Gold Cup contender.

A tweet from Cheltenham Racecourse read: “Tony McCoy is confirmed to ride Sir Des Champs in today’s @BetfredRacing Gold Cup.”

The news was also announced on the loud speaker at the track.

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