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Wednesday 23 August 2017

AP McCoy's Irish racing career to finish at Fairyhouse

AP McCoy
AP McCoy

Champion jockey AP McCoy has decided he will finish his Irish racing career at Fairyhouse when he competes in the Grand National over the Easter weekend.

The 19-time champion has decided he won’t compete at Punchestown in late April and into May, which means if fans want to see him racing on home soil then this weekend will be their last chance.

But the Co Antrim man is keeping his options open when it comes to quitting for good.

He is due to ride favourite Shutthefrontdoor in his final English Grand National at Aintree on April 11, and would consider hanging up his silks if he won it.

But everyone knows the Grand National is a lottery, so if he doesn’t win there he has decided he will race at Sandown on April 25.

“I did have some thoughts about Punchestown the following week but I definitely won’t be riding there,” he said.

“If I did that I might as well just carry on and I won’t be doing that,” said McCoy (40).

Fairyhouse boss Peter Roe said he is delighted that AP would choose the venue to end his Irish racing career.

“He is the most amazing professional and of course he has won the Irish Grand National back in 2007 on Butlers Cabin,” he said.

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“We’re expecting a very large crowd to come and see the racing this weekend and with the great AP signing off here in Ireland I don’t think we’ll ever see another sportsman like him again,” he added.

The Easter Monday Grand National day is the most viewed racing day on RTE, pulling in 328,000 viewers with a further 600,000 watching on the At The Races channel

cfeehan@herald.ie

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