Thursday, 7 November 2013

Mountain Tunes for Real McCoy

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AP McCoy hopes Mountain Tunes might be the horse to provide him with his 4,000th winner this afternoon at Towcester.

McCoy rode winner No 3,999 at Chepstow on Wednesday when he took a spare ride on Jonjo O'Neill's Minella For Steak, who ploughed through the mud to score.

Now he takes his quest to the Northamptonshire track, where a bumper crowd is expected, for two more rides for O'Neill and owner JP McManus in Church Field (2:10) and Mountain Tunes (3:10), who is running for the first time under rules after running in Irish point-to-points.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, McCoy said: "It would be great if Mountain Tunes or Church Field could win today. Jonjo and JP have been so supportive and we've had such good days together, that would put the icing on the cake.

"Church Field won four times in the summer on much better ground than it is going to be today. Conditions will be more testing than he has ever won on and the handicapper has slowed him down, but hopefully he's got a good chance.

"Towcester is a demanding track and with the ground being pretty soft with a stiff finish, it's going to sap a lot of horse's stamina.

"Mountain Tunes hasn't run in this country before and it's a competitive looking novice hurdle. There's a few in there that look to have a good chance; Kris Spin and Prideofthecastle for the Pipes.

"I think they are pretty pleased with him but you just don't know how horses are going to cope with today's conditions. Hopefully he will cope better than the others. Hopefully I'll like him more after ten past three!

"I don't know much about him but I am hoping for a bit more of a surprise from him than Church Field."

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