McCoy is back in saddle for Legends

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Tony McCoy and Johnny Murtagh will both ride in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Stakes at Doncaster next month.

The charity Flat race, run for the sixth consecutive year, will take place on the first day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival on September 9 and looks set to attract more attention than ever before, with the recently-retired 20-times champion jockey McCoy taking star billing.

Former leading Flat jockey turned trainer Murtagh will also be in a field of 16 ex-jockeys for a race run over Doncaster’s straight mile in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund’s Jack Berry House and the Northern Racing College.

Tim Adams, chairman of the Leger Legends committee, said: “The Leger Legends race has been a great success for the past five years raising over £500,000 for the Northern Racing College and the Injured Jockeys Fund, Jack Berry House.

“We are hopeful that this year’s event will surpass all expectations with the visit of HRH The Princess Royal for the second time adding to the presence of AP McCoy and Johnny Murtagh in the race itself, which it is going to be the best yet.”

Dale Gibson, who is the Professional Jockeys Association’s Industry Liaison Officer and helps with the organisation of the day, said: “I am delighted that we have secured the services of AP McCoy and Johnny Murtagh to add to the list of leading jockeys to have ridden in the Leger Legends.

“The only charity race in the UK to be run under the Rules of Racing continues to gather momentum and has become the feature on the opening day of the Leger Festival.

“Not only does the race bring people together for a terrific social occasion, but it raises funds and awareness for Jack Berry House and the NRC.

“I would personally like to thank all the jockeys for giving up their time and getting fit again for this wonderful day.”

Gibson joins McCoy and Murtagh in the race along with the likes of Jim Culloty, Kevin Darley, George Duffield and At The Races presenter Luke Harvey.

Harvey said: “I almost feel a fraud riding as a jockey against the likes of AP and Johnny Murtagh. However, it’s a real privilege to be involved.

“As well as the race being for such a great cause, it’s also fantastic fun. I would love to be in a driving finish with AP who hopefully won’t be on a favourite for a change!”

Nicky Henderson, meanwhile, has confirmed he will not be appointing a replacement for Barry Geraghty, who bowed out as stable jockey to take up a role as retained rider for owner JP McManus in June.

The Seven Barrows handler plans to split the majority of stable rides between David Bass, Nico de Boinville and Andrew Tinkler.

Geraghty will remain part of the team and ride the McManus-owned horses, while Daryl Jacob is the retained rider for owner Simon Munir, who counts the likes of Triumph Hurdle winner Peace And Co amongst his runners.