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Jockey Tony McCoy - J P McManus silks

Tony McCoy will wear the famous JP McManus silks on Shutthefrontdoor

  PICTURE: Jon Winter  

Smart Shutthefrontdoor set for hurdling debut

THREE-TIME bumper winner Shutthefrontdoor, already quoted at 25-1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, makes his hurdling debut at Folkestone.

Trained by Jonjo O'Neill for leading owner JP McManus, the five-year-old son of Accordion was last seen claiming some notable scalps in a hot bumper at Newbury in February.

He returns to action after a break of 277 days and faces four rivals in a race won by the classy Medermit in 2008.

Shutthefrontdoor will be ridden by 17-time champion jockey Tony McCoy, who has four other rides at Folkestone.

There is also jumping at Fakenham, with Southwell in action on the all-weather. Wexford's meeting, however, failed an inspection and has been abandoned.

Going
Folkestone good on the chase course, soft over hurdles
Fakenham good, good to soft in places
Southwell standard
Wexford abandoned

 
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