McCoy keen on Carlingford chance

  • Last Updated: February 12 2014, 15:04 GMT

Tony McCoy believes that Carlingford Lough "has a serious each-way chance in the RSA Chase" at the Cheltenham Festival.

Carlingford Lough: Live claims in the RSA Chase
Carlingford Lough: Live claims in the RSA Chase

The Topaz Chase winner unseated the Champion Jockey at the final fence in the Dr P. J. Moriarty Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday over two miles five furlongs but McCoy wasn't at all disheartened by the performance.

"Carlingford Lough was running really well behind Ballycasey and he has a serious each-way chance in the RSA," he told his exclusive blog on www.cheltenham.co.uk.

"I got squeezed for room at the last and my foot got knocked out of the iron, which I didn't realise until I went to put it down and I unseated, but he was staying on well and I rate his RSA chances.

"Ballycasey won pretty well and I don't think he will be far away. Whether he is good enough or not I don't know, but he will be in the mix," he added.

McCoy also gave his thoughts on some of the other Grade One action on the card and commented: "I have to say that I think Last Instalment is right in the Betfred Gold Cup picture after his win in the Irish Hennessy.

"I thought he was very impressive and he is definitely a player for Cheltenham. I had viewed the Gold Cup as a two-horse race between Bobs Worth and Silviniaco Conti for much of the season but Last Instalment is right in there with them. He jumped very well on Sunday and would probably want a bit of cut in the ground at Cheltenham, which he might get given the way things are at the moment."

The new Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Vautour also caught McCoy's eye but he doesn't believe that supporters of The Tullow Tank should give up hope of reversing the form at the Cheltenham Festival.

"There has been no outstanding star in the UK this year amongst the two-mile novice hurdlers so Vautour has to be the one to beat," he said.

"I wouldn't give up on The Tullow Tank and I am not sure he needs to be stepped up in trip either. He won well over two miles at Christmas and I don't think he was at his best over the weekend to be fair. I still think he is a good horse and needs respecting whatever trip he runs over at The Festival."