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Tuesday 12 December 2017

McCoy could bring an end to career at Punchestown

Tony McCoy makes his way into the parade ring to ride Carlingford Lough in The Hennessey Gold Cup at Leopardstown racecourse on February 08, 2015 in Dublin
Tony McCoy makes his way into the parade ring to ride Carlingford Lough in The Hennessey Gold Cup at Leopardstown racecourse on February 08, 2015 in Dublin
Jockey Tony McCoy lifts the Gold Cup after winning the Hennessy Gold Cup on Carlingford Lough. Leopardstown, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Tony McCoy

Record breaking jockey Tony McCoy revealed that he may well end his incredible career at the Punchestown Festival in May following his fairytale success on Carlingford Lough in yesterday's Grade One Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown.

The 19-time champion, who stunned the racing world on Saturday afternoon by announcing his intention to retire later this season, was the centre of attention at Leopardstown on what is likely to be his final visit there as a jockey and he couldn't have dreamt of signing off in a more appropriate way by winning the prestigious Hennessy Gold Cup for the very first time.

"I am a big believer in things happening for a reason and you can't fight fate - it was obviously the way things were meant to happen," McCoy said after guiding the John Kiely trained Carlingford Lough to a three-quarters of a length win from Foxrock in second.

Providing he stays injury free, McCoy will go on to be crowned champion jockey for the 20th consecutive season in Britain when the season ends there at Sandown in April, although he is yet to pinpoint when he will actually stop riding and the 40-year-old told The Herald that Punchestown the following week could be a possibilty.

"I really don't know when it will end," said the Antrim native. "It's one day at a time, but I'm going to miss it so maybe if I can squeeze it (Punchestown) in I will."

McCoy announced the news after partnering his 200th winner in Britain on Saturday and added: "I wanted to announce it on my terms and that was a bit of a landmark to do it on.

"I didn't want people to be speculating about something I could be in control of."

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