Thursday 18 January 2018

expect a special case

De Bromhead's charge looks to have perfect ground to spoil McCoy's last day

AP McCoy will bow out at Sandown tomorrow where he'll be crowned champion jockey for the 20th time in an incredible career but tomorrow may also unfortunately mark the end for Sprinter Sacre if he doesn't manage to step up significantly on his Cheltenham showing.

However, behind all those sub-plots there is a Grade One down for decision and with the ground set to be absolutely ideal for him, Special Tiara could be the one that steals the equine headlines.


A Grade One winner on a quick track at Aintree in the past, Special Tiara should relish the conditions tomorrow afternoon and it could prove an intelligent bit of placing by trainer Henry de Bromhead who has booked Noel Fehily for the ride.

It would be a huge shame if connections were forced to end the career of Sprinter Sacre at this stage but it's hard to imagine that he'll improve enough to justify continuing with the former Champion Chase winner who gave his connections so many wonderful days.

Special Tiara was third in this year's renewal on ground that was probably a shade softer than ideal and should hopefully frank that form and oblige at odds of 7/2.

AP McCoy's mount Mr Mole would really and truly grab all the headlines if he could win for champion trainer Paul Nicholls, as his form this season has been far more encouraging, so McCoy's last day may just fall short of a Grade One winning send-off.

Elsewhere at Sandown, the Bet365 Gold Cup is the other feature race and if Duke Of Lucca has come out of his Aintree win in good form, he'll have to have strong claims for Philip Hobbs.


The 10-year-old is one of the more exposed types in the race but with a light weight on his back and with the yard being in good form, he could be worth siding with for an each-way bet.

Henry de Bromhead could also enjoy a very profitable day because his horse Grand Jesture wouldn't be without his chance in the Potts colours and he's the type that could well develop into a possible Aintree Grand National horse next season.

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