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Tony McCoy: has been champion jockey for the last 19 years

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McCoy returns from injury at Chepstow

TONY McCOY will on Saturday finally return to the saddle a week later than was initially expected with the 19-time champion jockey taking two rides at Chepstow.

McCoy, who will partner Son Du Berlais for Nicky Henderson in the Persian War Novices' Hurdle and Regal Encore for Anthony Honeyball in the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle, has taken additional time to recover from a heavy fall at Worcester 15 days ago.

McCoy, who has a lead of 83 in this year's title race, has already tried once to come back from the fall from Keep Presenting in a maiden hurdle at Worcester only to have to sit out again.

He returned to the saddle five days after the fall and rode a treble at Huntingdon and the following day at Wetherby he took his seasonal tally to 150, but was then stood down by racecourse doctors with a suspected collarbone injury.

At the time McCoy said: "I'm still very sore as a result of the fall I had at Worcester last week and feel I need a few more days or so before I'm back riding."

McCoy, who had been expected back at Cheltenham last weekend, will also partner World Hurdle winner More Of That in a racecourse gallop at Chepstow on Saturday.

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