McCoy seeks Carlisle double en route to 4,000th winner

McCoy seeks Carlisle double en route to 4,000th winner
Champion jockey Tony McCoy chats to raceday announcer Gordon Brown at Carlisle after the first of his five wins

Champion jockey Tony McCoy chats to raceday announcer Gordon Brown at Carlisle after the first of his five wins

Racing legend Tony McCoy has two rides at Carlisle this afternoon as he closes in on becoming the first jockey to land 4,000 winners.

The champion jumps jockey recorded two more victories in Wales yesterday to leave him just nine short of the historic milestone.

He’s back at Carlisle today for the first time since winning five races there last week. He’ll partner Spookydooky in the 2.10pm and Full Of Joy in the 2.40pm. Both are trained by Jonjo O’Neill.

Gates open at 11.50am, with the first of seven races starting at 1.10pm and the last one at 4.20pm.

Today’s fixture had originally been scheduled to take place at Haydock Park but was switched to Carlisle after the Merseyside course underwent major drainage work on its hurdles track. Both courses are owned by The Jockey Club.

McCoy is among a host of big-name jockeys, trainers and owners who’ll be competing at Carlisle’s additional fixture.

The former BBC Sports Personality of the Year can’t reach 4,000 winners today but he could yet achieve the feat at Carlisle on Sunday when the Cumbrian track hosts its richest jumps fixture of the year. Nearly £80,000 prize money will be on offer at the Cumberland Cup Day.