Tony McCoy and At Fishers Cross after winning the Albert BartlettPICTURE: Getty Images
McCoy picks At Fishers Cross in World Hurdle
TONY McCOY has decided to ride JP McManus's At Fishers Cross, rather than the owner's More Of That, in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
The champion jockey, who recently opted for My Tent Or Yours over Jezki in the Stan James Champion Hurdle, has sided with last year's Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle winner At Fishers Cross, who has not had the smoothest of seasons.
Trained by Rebecca Curtis, At Fishers Cross - 6-1 for the World Hurdle - made a bad mistake at Newbury on his comeback before unseating McCoy in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.
He was better at Cheltenham last time when he finished in front of World Hurdle favourite Big Buck's in the Cleeve Hurdle, which was won by Knockara Beau.
"He won last year's Albert Bartlett so we know he acts on the track and, having appeared to have lost the plot before Christmas, especially with his jumping, he was getting somewhere back towards his best in the Cleeve Hurdle when he was just touched off by Knockara Beau," McCoy wrote in the Telegraph.
"He did beat Big Buck's however and, although I know Big Buck's will come on a huge amount and is still the one to beat, At Fishers Cross will also come on too - it was as good as damn it his first race of the season."
McCoy, who also revealed he is line to partner Curtis's leading Crabbie's Grand National contender Teaforthree in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup and will ride Kid Cassidy in the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase, has won three times this season on the Jonjo O'Neill-trained More Of That, who is 7-1 for the World Hurdle.
Richie McLernon is set to partner him now.