Monday 22 January 2018

McCoy strikes out on last day at Cheltenham

Jockey Tony McCoy
Jockey Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy was out of luck on his glast ever ride at Cheltenham as Milan Bound finished down the field in the Barbury International Supporting IJF Handicap Hurdle.

McCoy will bring his glittering career to an end on the final day of the National Hunt season at Sandown on Saturday week and after failing to find the target after two rides at Prestbury Park on Wednesday, his mount aboard the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Milan Bound was his final opportunity to return to the hallowed winner's enclosure at the home of jump racing.

McCoy settled the 100-30 joint-favourite in midfield for much of the three-mile journey before making headway to race on the heels of the leaders coming down the hill.

He looked in with a chance of securing a fairytale result jumping the second flight from the finish, but his effort petered out in the straight and he passed the post a well-beaten seventh.

Victory went to Milan Bound's main market rival Aqalim, with John Ferguson's charge galloping nine lengths clear of Kingsmere in the hands of Aidan Coleman.

McCoy will retire having ridden 192 winners at Cheltenham including 31 at the Festival.

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