AP McCoy plans return from injury before Newbury meeting

Champion jockey AP McCoy
McCoy has been champion jockey 19 years running

Champion jockey AP McCoy plans to return from injury next week ahead of Newbury's big Hennessy meeting.

The 40-year-old Northern Irishman has been out for a fortnight after aggravating a rib injury.

McCoy, who hopes to ride World Hurdle winner More Of That at the Newbury meeting on 29 November, was checked over by a doctor on Thursday.

"Everything was good and he hopes to be back next Wednesday," said his assistant Gee Bradburne.

If he returns then, meetings at Fontwell and Wetherby on Wednesday will be under consideration before the Newbury fixture, which runs from the Thursday to Saturday.

Factfile: AP McCoy in numbers
Champion jockey: 19 times. Every year since his first title win in 1996Season so far: Wins - 152, Rides - 485. Strike rate: 31%
Weight: Wastes down to as low as 10st 4lb. Natural weight would be about a stone heavierCareer race rides: +15,000. Estimated number of falls: +1,000

The 19-time champion is renowned for bouncing back from injuries in a career which has seen him break both collarbones, shoulder blades, his lower and middle vertebrae, ribs, cheekbones, a leg, ankle, arm and wrist.

He took a short break after injuring his ribs in a fall at Worcester last month but returned before his current spell out.

McCoy reached the landmark of 4,000 career wins at Towcester in November 2013. No other jump jockey has recorded more than 3,000 wins.

Despite his injury, the rider remains on course for a 20th consecutive title in April - he has 152 winners, 65 ahead of nearest rival Richard Johnson.

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