TONY McCOY has been given the all-clear by his doctor to race at the Cheltenham Festival after recovering from a back injury.
The 12-time champion jockey, right, damaged a vertebrae after falling off his ride at Warwick in January.
McCoy’s recovery has been aided by kriotherapy, which involves going into an insulated compartment as temperatures drop to minus 135 degrees.
He still needs the approval of the racing authorities to be able to race at the festival, which runs from March 11-14.
McCoy could seek a run-out at Newbury on Saturday.
Francois Doumen would consider running Kelami at the Cheltenham Festival if it looks as though the Racing Post Chase runner-up may miss the cut for the John Smith’s Grand National.
Kelami needed 21 to come out to get into the maximum 40-strong line-up when the weights for the Aintree spectacular on April 5 were announced earlier this month.
Doumen will have a clearer idea of the 10-year-old’s prospects of a place at the next forfeit stage on March 4.
“He’s not sure of the National so I may consider the William Hill Trophy, “ said Doumen.