Monday 22 January 2018

No fairytale end for AP McCoy on home soil

Jockey Tony McCoy l
Jockey Tony McCoy l

AP McCOY will end his riding career with 150 winners in Ireland to his credit after drawing a blank on his final day riding on home-soil.

The Tony Martin-trained Thomas Edison couldn't manage to give McCoy the perfect send off at Fairyhouse yesterday even though his boss JP McManus did manage to win the race with the Slippers Madden ridden Some Article who McCoy wouldn't have been able to do the weight on Tom Mullins' charge. McCoy admitted that returning to the weighroom for the final time on an Irish racecourse was the hardest few minutes since announcing his retirement in February.

"It's been quite emotional really," the soon to be 20-times champion jockey said.

"In some ways it's a bit of what is to come really because with that being my last ride in Ireland now I know it's going to be tough in two and a half weeks in Sandown coming to the end so I better get used to it I'd say." Despite not riding at the meeting, McCoy revealed that he will be back to Punchestown at the end of this month.

"I'm going to come back for a few days and there's a lot of lads in the weighroom over here that I'm very friendly with and I'll be keeping in touch with.

McCoy did admit: "I hope I don't make it to Sandown and that I can win the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.

"But that's really dreaming isn't it?"

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