McCoy will ride likely favourite Donoughmore in the third race, a Novice Handicap Hurdle, Donoughmore, trained by Tucker Carberry has yet to win in 10 starts, he was a head second last time out and is 2lb worse off today but even though todays race is a more open affair, Donoughmore should be placed in the top two given his latest effort.
Tom Mullins supplies McCoy with his most likely winner of the day in the €14,000 Corporate Hospitality Hurdle over 2 miles. Mullins trains Dr. Whizz who won his bumper impressively last October by 4 1/2 lengths and stayed on well to beat Puyol by 1/2 length at the Leopardstown festival. Puyol, second to Dunguib earlier in the season has since won the €100,000 MCR hurdle so the form has worked out well. Dr. Whizz should follow up today and make it a hat-trick of wins this season. He is entered in the Supreme Novices Hurdle in Cheltenham where he is a current 25/1 chance.
The biggest challenge to Dr. Whizz lies with the Dermot Weld-trained New Phase, the 123-rated gelding was fourth to Fen Game in Leopardstown over Christmas on his seasonal bow, he is a dual flat winner by Spectrum and a likely improver but may have to yield to McCoy today.