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Tony McCoy still fancies Carlingford Lough for RSA Chase

Tony McCoy is confident Carlingford Lough can bounce back from his latest Leopardstown slip-up and be there or thereabouts in the RSA Chase at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival.

John Kiely's charge went into the Dr PJ Moriarty Novices Chase on the back of a rock-solid run of form, having won the Galway Plate and finished second in the Kerry National at Listowel before dropping out of handicap company.

The eight-year-old then chased home Don Cossack in the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse before claiming a Grade 1 success by outstaying Morning Assembly in the Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

On his return to that course, Carlingford Lough was plugging on gamely and still in contention alongside Don Cossack and Ballycasey before making a blunder at the final fence and unshipping McCoy.

However, the champion jockey has not lost any faith in the son of King's Theatre and feels further to travel at the Festival and the Cheltenham hill will be right up his street.

"Carlingford Lough was running really well behind Ballycasey and he has a serious each-way chance in the RSA," said McCoy in his exclusive blog on the official Cheltenham website.

"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."

McCoy rode Albertas Run to victory in the 2008 RSA Chase for Jonjo O'Neill, while four of the five winners since then have been trained in Ireland. 


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