AP McCoy makes Ludlow return after month out with broken ribs

AP McCoy

Champion jump jockey AP McCoy will return with two rides at Ludlow on Thursday evening after nearly a month out with broken ribs.

The Northern Irishman was injured in a fall at Cheltenham on 18 April and spent a week in hospital.

McCoy, 39, was officially crowned champion jockey for the 18th successive year on 27 April.

Jason Maguire has pledged to fight McCoy for the 2013-14 title and has built a 15-winner lead in his absence.

Champion McCoy, who was BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2010, will return at the Shropshire track on two horses who are both expected to start as odds-on favourites.

He rides the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Church Field in a novices' handicap hurdle (1805 BST) and My Wigwam Or Yours for Nicky Henderson in the concluding Bumper race (2045).

McCoy is now in the latter stages of a record-breaking career but he has already set his sights on new landmarks. He wants to ride his 4,000th career winner and claim a 19th title this season.

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