Wednesday 24 January 2018

Cheltenham 2015: Magic McCoy - AP gets a winner on board ahead of Gold Cup

Tony McCoy celebrates winning the Ryanair Chase on Uxizandre
Tony McCoy celebrates winning the Ryanair Chase on Uxizandre

AP McCoy ensured that he wouldn’t walk out of his final Cheltenham Festival this evening without having at least one winner after he guided the Alan King-trained Uxizandre to an all-the-way success in the Ryanair Chase yesterday.

Wearing the famous green and gold colours of JP McManus, McCoy returned to a rapturous reception despite the fact that his first winner of the week – and his 31st in total at the Festival – was an outsider at 16/1.

The Antrim native said: “Cheltenham is all about winning, and while I came to this week with a few chances I knew it wasn’t going to be easy.

“You have to keep your head down and keep going. It’s great for JP and Noreen McManus – they are brilliant and it’s been marvellous to work for them for ten years.”


Winning owner JP McManus was clearly delighted for his retained rider: “What can I say? I’m just so happy and so pleased that he had a winner at his final Cheltenham and that we provided it for him makes it even better.

When asked how he’ll replace the soon to be 20-times champion jockey he responded; “I’ve had him cloned!”

The Ryanair Chase has still yet to be won by an Irish trained horse with the well-backed Don Cossack finishing third after making a blunder six fences from which hindered his claims. The day began with one of the most impressive winners of the week as Vautour returned to his very best to win the JLT Novices’ Chase and prompted Ruby Walsh to wax lyrical about the six-year-old. “He is the best horse we have,” Walsh told The Herald.

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