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Thursday 22 August 2019

McCoy set to partner Bowe's Little King Robin

Little King Robin in action at Fairyhouse last April with Andrew McNamara
Little King Robin in action at Fairyhouse last April with Andrew McNamara

Racing has a funny way of coming full circle and Kiltealy trainer Colin Bowe, who worked with A.P. McCoy all of 20 years ago, was delighted when the news broke last Thursday evening that he will be teaming up with the champion jockey once more.

Little King Robin goes into battle with McCoy on her back in today's OLBG Mares' Hurdle.

In a race previously dominated by the Willie Mullins-trained Quevega, Bowe has potentially another superstar to contend with in the Eamon Cleary-bred, Annie Power.

Bowe's seven-year-old has been a revelation over the past twelve months, with a spree of 17 runs for her shrewd handler in 2014 yielding seven wins and as many placed finishes.

'Her preparation was far from ideal,' said Bowe at the weekend. 'We had a bit of a setback the last day at Punchestown and she scoped dirty, with a sore throat. She had been on a great run, and it's great to have A.P. on board at his last Festival.

'She's up against a tough one in Annie Power but we've made the decision to go ahead with her now.'

Little King Robin is currently available at odds of 25/1.

Bowe's other Cheltenham entry, Shantou Flyer, who was angling towards Friday's Albert Bartlett, will now skip the Prestbury Park meeting.

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