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first_img The 39-year-old gets the leg-up aboard Church Field in the Agetur UK Handicap Hurdle (2.10) and Mountain Tunes in the Weatherbys Novices’ Hurdle (3.10). Church Field, owned by JP McManus, won four consecutive races this summer, but has been unplaced on his last two outings at Newton Abbot and Cheltenham. Mountain Tunes, an Irish point-to-point winner in March, is also owned by McManus and will be making his British debut on his first start for O’Neill. Asked about the chances of his mounts, the jockey said: “It would be great if one of them won. For my riding career, the sooner the better that one of them wins so I can get on with trying to have a few winners.” Officials at Towcester are excited about the prospect of McCoy achieving the feat at their track. Clerk of the course Robert Bellamy believes it would be “a feather in their cap” if McCoy can post his all-important victory at the Northamptonshire venue. He said: “Everyone was delighted to see him have that winner at Chepstow and hopefully, we’ll have a nice crowd here tomorrow. “It would obviously be fantastic for Towcester if he could get the 4,000th winner here. It would be a great feather in our cap and would give us great publicity as well, of course. “Hopefully there are no issues with the weather, we’ll have a good day and if he could do it, we’d all be delighted. “If he does do it, obviously there will be one or two things going on. “Until then, we’ll just treat it like a normal raceday.” Tony McCoy admits it will be a relief to bag his 4,000th winner as he moved to within one of the landmark total by steering Minella For Steak to victory at Chepstow. Press Association The 18-times champion was due to ride Mission Complete in the NFU Mutual Supports RABI Handicap Hurdle but trainer Jonjo O’Neill took that one out on account of the testing ground, prompting McCoy to switch to stablemate Minella For Steak. McCoy replaced 10lb-claimer James Huxham aboard Minella For Steak and he travelled well throughout the three-mile heat aboard the well-supported 3-1 favourite. He opted to kick for home early and appeared to be in total control approaching the penultimate flight only for Heronshaw to throw down a late challenge. Heronshaw drew level over the last but McCoy kept pressing his mount and Minella For Steak responded, digging deep to win by three-quarters of a length for owners Gay Smith and John Magnier. McCoy had earlier been out of luck as El Macca could finish only fifth in the opening RABI Gateway Project Maiden Hurdle. He said of his winner: “He’s amazing this horse, because he really struggles to breathe. “He’s been running on better ground and he’s won twice now on the heaviest ground possible. “We’re all supposed to be experts in this game and if anyone was riding him, or had anything to do with him, you wouldn’t believe he could win on this ground. “I’m glad that Jonjo let me ride him. I had to ring him and ask.” McCoy will head to Towcester, where he has two booked rides for O’Neill, on Thursday. last_img read more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Neymar’s comments were released as a short extract from a pre-recorded interview that will be broadcast on Saturday, and which may give a clearer picture of the former Barcelona forward’s state of fitness.However, if he does come back in a month or so, it would leave sufficient time for the 26 year-old to be ready for Brazil’s opening game in Group E of the World Cup, against Switzerland in Rostov on June 17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe world’s most expensive player suffered the injury in a Ligue 1 game against Marseille, before returning to his home country for surgery and rehabilitation.In his absence, PSG were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid in the last 16 in March. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Brazilian PSG’s footballer Neymar Junior attends the photocall for the 2018 American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR) Gala Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo Brazil on April 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDANeymar has told Brazilian television he still needs around a month to recover from a foot operation, as the Paris Saint-Germain superstar targets a return to full fitness in time for the World Cup.“I need about a month, but it is healing well. Everything is happening normally,” Neymar, who has not played since breaking a metatarsal bone in his right foot on February 25, told TV Globo.ADVERTISEMENT PSG coach Unai Emery said on Friday that Neymar was “close” to returning to the club.“When he gets here, he will want to play. Perhaps he’ll have time to play a few matches before the end of the season,” Emery said.“We hope to have him in the team for some of our remaining matches.”Without him, PSG will hope to wrap up the French title with a win at home to reigning champions Monaco on Sunday.PSG are also still hoping to get to the final of the French Cup on May 8.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lillard likes matchup but knows Pelicans are dangerous Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The last round of games in the Ligue 1 season are scheduled for May 19, but Neymar faces a race against time to play any part.“The speed of his recovery in the next 10 days will allow the right date to be set for a return to training without any restrictions,” was all PSG were willing to say in a statement.Even if he is deemed fit again, it remains to be seen if he will want to take any risk before teaming up with the Brazilian national team to prepare for the World Cup.Brazil will also face Costa Rica and Serbia in their group, as they target winning a sixth World Cup, four years after the nightmare of their 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals on home soil.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more