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Tony McCoy in JP McManus silks

Tony McCoy: closing on historic landmark

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McCoy closes to within two of 4,000 landmark

TONY McCOY is just two away from the incredible achievement of 4,000 jumps wins in Britain and Ireland after a short-priced double at Kempton on Monday.

The record-breaking jockey, who is more than 1,000 wins clear of his nearest rival, heads to Exeter for three booked rides on Tuesday looking to reach the landmark at the course where he rode his first winner in Britain, on Chickabiddy in 1994.

Asked for his own thoughts on whether Exeter would witness history, McCoy said: "I've got three rides, but they are bits of chances."

His approach to the 4,000 mark has coincided with a number of special bets, such as the offer of 5-1 from Ladbrokes that McCoy will carry on riding to reach 5,000 winners.

McCoy advanced from 3,996 to 3,998 on Monday with wins in Captain Cutter (4-11f) for Nicky Henderson and Foundation Man (11-10f) for Jono O'Neill.

His remaining rides at Exeter are Keen Eye (2.20) and Well Hello There (3.50), all trained by O'Neill.

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