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Fontwell Preview: McCoy can make winning return

Champion jockey Tony McCoy makes his return to action at Fontwell today after a couple of weeks on the sidelines through injury, and can make it a winning one by landing the opener on the promising Southfield Royale (12.15).

McCoy partnered the gelding to an impressive victory on debut in a bumper at Market Rasen, and it looks significant that he has chosen him for his comeback ride.

The Neil Mulholland trained four-year-old was given a confident ride when easily beating Probably Sorry by five lengths, and looks an exciting recruit to the hurdling ranks judge on the manner of that success.

The son of Presenting is from a good jumping family and has reportedly been schooling very well ahead of his hurdles debut.

I certainly don’t think McCoy would be onboard if he had any doubts about Southfield Royale’s jumping ability, and the 19-times champ would love nothing more than to come back with a winner on his sole ride of the day.

Trainer Charlie Longsdon does very well with his runners at the venue and looks to have found a glorious opening for Cadoudoff in the 2m 4f handicap hurdle (1.40).

The Oxfordshire-based handler has a strike rate of over 29% with his runners at the track in the past 12 months (5 wins and 5 placed from 17 runners), and in Cadoudoff has a horse that has become potentially very well-treated.

The gelding won on his final start in France and made a highly promising debut in this country for Longsdon when keeping on well to finish a 14 length runner-up to the now 142-rated Royal Irish Hussar in a Listed contest at Wetherby.

The four-year-old also ran well when a five length runner-up to the now 134-rated Baradari at Newbury, and the form of those two contests make Cadoudoff’s mark of 125 look very exploitable.

Cadoudoff is also sure to strip much fitter for his recent comeback run in a hot class 2 to contest at Huntingdon, and this lower grade class 3 affair represents the easiest task he has faced to date.

In the 3m 2f handicap chase (2.10), the Richard Rowe trained Alteranthela looks weighted to take all the beating.

The 10-year-old was last successful over course and distance on Boxing Day off a mark of 81 and is now able to race off 6lb lower.

Alteranthela has also ran well fresh in the past and represents a yard that had been on a long losing run but could be coming into form having saddled a winner and a second on yesterday’s card at Lingfield.

Selections:
12.40: Southfield Royale (NAP)
1.10: Home For Tea
1.40: Cadoudoff (NB)
2.10: Alteranthela
2.45: American Life
3.20: Ballydague Lady
3.50: Dexter Benjamin