THREE-time Derby-winning rider Johnny Murtagh is relishing the opportunity to lock horns with 20-time champion jump jockeyTony McCoy at Doncaster the next week.
The pair are the star names among 16 former jockeys who are set to return to the saddle to take part in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes in aid of the Northern Racing College and the Injured Jockeys Fund’s Jack Berry House.
Murtagh was one of the leading riders of his generation, capturing five Irish Flat jockeys’ championships as well as spending time as stable jockey to Aidan O’Brien and retained rider for the Aga Khan.
‘It would be great to be in a driving finish with AP’
Having retired in February 2014, he has been out of competitive action a little longer than the jumping legend – but he still spends plenty of time in the saddle.
“I ride out five lots and muck out six horses a day, so I am still pretty fit,” said Murtagh, who now trains on the Curragh. “I just hope I am given a nice draw on a horse with a decent chance.
“It would be great to be involved in a driving finish with AP, just to see how good he really is!”
Other riding greats involved include Best Mate’s jockey Jim Culloty, former champion Kevin Darley and Derby winner Michael Hills, but there is another legend Murtagh is also looking forward to riding against.
“Luke Harvey has been doing a lot of talking on Twitter!,” he added. “I’m looking forward to seeing how he gets on.”
A total of 28 entries were made for the mile race which is scheduled to go off at 3.35 on Wednesday.