Dancer connections wait on McCoy

Last updated at 14:50 01 March 2007

Connections of Exotic Dancer are refusing to panic regarding riding arrangements for their totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup hope.

The seven-year-old has progressed through the handicapping ranks this season

to emerge as a genuine contender for blue riband glory.

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However, despite Tony McCoy being in the plate for his Paddy Power Gold Cup

triumph and his win over the Gold Cup course and distance in the Letheby And

Christopher Chase, the champion jockey may be required to ride L'Ami for his

boss JP McManus.

"The jockey situation is something we have never actually discussed, it's not

in our hands really," said Barry Simpson, racing manager to owner, Sir Robert


"If Tony has commitments with JP then so be it, but we would obviously love

him to ride our horse because he gets on very well with him.

"But we fully understand his contractual obligations with JP. I don't think

we would have any problems finding a jockey for him, though.

"AP gets on well with him, Tony Dobbin has won on him, but it is something we

will discuss nearer the time because there are so many twists and turns before

the race.

"There is no point trying to visualise what somebody else is trying to do.

"Exotic Dancer is in great heart and we have been very pleased with his


"His last trial was a good performance, run at a good gallop and in a good

time, so we are very hopeful that he will run a fantastic race."

Along with Exotic Dancer, the Ogden silks will be carried by Voy Por Ustedes

in the Queen Mother and possibly Ungaro in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase, giving

the owner a strong hand at the Festival.

"One winner would be fantastic, but going there with three good chances is

something to dream about," said Simpson.

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