McCoy takes Teaforthree

  • Last Updated: November 29 2012, 14:39 GMT

Tony McCoy has been snapped up to ride Teaforthree in Saturday's Hennessy Gold Cup after a late change of plans saw the champion miss a trip to Newcastle.

Teaforthree: Now the mount of AP McCoy

With Darlan pulled out of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, McCoy will re-route to Newbury and trainer Rebecca Curtis moved to book him for the big race as well as stablemate At Fishers Cross earlier on the card.

"Rebecca wasn't certain about running but when AP became available that helped to make our minds up," said her partner Gearoid Costelloe.

"The obvious plan for him has always been the Welsh National, but this is a big race and the horses are running so well that he'd have to be in with an each-way chance.

"To some extent we've still got an eye on Chepstow but if he's in with a chance three out, we'll be giving it our best shot.

"The ground won't worry him and we were pleased with his reappearance run."

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