Tony McCoy is praying for rain at Ascot in the hope that At Fishers Cross can attempt to get his season back on track in the Wessex Youth Trust Long Walk Hurdle on Saturday week.

The Rebecca Curtis-trained six-year-old was unbeaten in six starts last season, signing off as the leading staying novice hurdler with victories at the Cheltenham Festival and at Aintree's Grand National meeting.

He was an odds-on favourite to make a winning return in last month's Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, but came home a well beaten fourth after a serious mistake two flights from home cost him all chance of victory.

McCoy, who missed the ride at Newbury to partner My Tent Or Yours to victory in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, is looking forward to renewing the partnership at Ascot, provided conditions are suitable.

"He wouldn't want the ground too quick, so hopefully Ascot get a bit of rain during the next week," said the champion jockey.

"He seems OK after Newbury, which is the main thing. It was a bad mistake and we'll try and get him back on track at Ascot.

"What happened at Newbury wasn't ideal, but he has lots of potential."

My Tent Or Yours is one of two possible Champion Hurdle contenders for McCoy and leading owner JP McManus, with Jezki also staking a claim with victory in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse recently.

McCoy may have a difficult choice to make come March, but has no intention of comparing the two at this early stage of the season.

He said: "They probably have both got to improve to beat Hurricane Fly, but they are second-season novices and hopefully they will improve.

"The New One is there and Our Conor is in the mix as well, so it's an exciting Champion Hurdle picture at the moment that's for sure.

"As for which one is the better of our two, god only knows."