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McCoy boosts Down Royal meeting

Tony McCoy
The 13-time champion jockey will ride at Down Royal

Tony McCoy will ride at the Northern Ireland Festival of Racing on Friday when he is aboard Jered in the Anglo Irish Bank Hurdle.

Noel Meade's JP McManus-owned horse will be among the fancied runners in Friday's feature race at Down Royal.

Former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star will be in action in Saturday's Champion Chase - the big race in the two-day festival.

Ruby Walsh will ride Kauto Star while Turpin Green will be another contender.

Down Royal racecourse manager Mike Todd said: "This is the first time Tony McCoy will have competed at Down Royal this decade. It's marvellous news."

Turpin Green, who was third in the 2007 Cheltenham Gold Cup, has been out through injury since finishing alone in the Edward Hanmer Chase at Haydock last December.

"All being well he'll be there. He seems in grand fettle, so we're looking forward to it," said Turpin Green's trainer Nicky Richards.

Grand National third Snowy Morning is also likely to take his chance in Saturday's feature, having finished second to Neptune Collonges in the Guinness Gold Cup at Punchestown on his latest outing.

The eight-year-old won twice over hurdles last season before being placed four times over larger obstacles, including when taking third at Aintree.

"He will run at Down Royal, all being well, and obviously it looks a very good race," reported trainer Willie Mullins.

A trip to Aintree is again likely to be on the long-term agenda for Snowy Morning.

"He will have an entry in the Grand National again but this race looks a good place to start him off," added the County Carlow handler.

Nick Mitchell's The Listener is also an entry in Saturday's big race.

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