Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 25th 2015 Contents Anthony AP McCoy retires today.
All good things come to an end but
McCoy has survived twenty-one years
as a a professional NH jockey, at the
highest level, which is testament to his
dedication, consistency and total appli-
cation- punter s pal without doubt.
Tony won the 1993/94 conditional
jockeys championship and then landed
the championship successively, for 20
years, absolutely incredible, even to write
it! This astonishing career reaches finality
at Sandown Park, last fixture of the cur-
rent jumping season, and McCoy will
be given all kinds of presentations; the
meeting has been sold out for a week.
Last weekend a well-known journalist
was searching for a fitting adjective, no
word encapsulates and describes his
superiority better than the ultimate to
oft used word, brilliant.
Only others deserving to be described
thus, in my book, were Sir Garfield
Sobers and Muhammed Ali, in their
In every aspect McCoy has been a
top class human being; his last month
in an ambassadorial role since announc-
ing to C4 interviewer, Rishi Persad, that
"this will be my last season...!" Tony
has shown the patience of Her Majesty,
The Queen, diplomacy and compassion
for the thousands who determined to
give this phenomenon a deserved send-
off; they will never forget his charm and
understanding as he signed hundreds
of autographs and stood for countless
A sell-out crowd will be sincerely
hoping McCoy rides a winner but, iron-
ically, the season could end with victory
for Bayan in the listed, £50000 Select
Hurdle, mount of Richard Johnson.
Johnno , has been runner-up to AP
Obviously 37-year-old Richard will
be hoping to achieve his ambition to be
champion jockey next season but just
think how revered he d be had his neme-
sis never appeared because he has ridden
nigh 3,000 winners.
There are also five flat-racing cards
to over-confuse punters but the daily
patent also includes First Bombardment,
our first two-year-old bet of the 2015
campaign in the Maiden Auction Stakes
over five furlongs of 2015 campaign.
First Bombardment has finished sec-
ond in two Brocklesby races, Doncaster
and Muselburgh; his form bears close
inspection and what beats David
O Meara s charge will win and he s
My biggest hope on this momentous
day is that Sir Anthrony McCoy (as he ll
be this time next year!) rides a winner
and comes out in one piece as they
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1.45 First Bombardment (nap)
2.55 Persun; Sandown
Frankie Dettori stole the show at
Sandown after riding a 617-1 four-
timer spearheaded by the scintillating
performance of Jack Hobbs, yerster-
It was very much a case of saving the
best until last for the popular Italian
jockey, with the John Gosden-trained
three-year old (10-11 favourite) routing
his rivals in the concluding bet365 Hand-
Despite entering the mile-and-a-
quarter race on the back of a maiden
win on his sole start at Wolverhampton
in December, the son of Halling, bred
by Derby-winning jockey Willie Carson,
looked every inch a Group-race winner
in the making when destroying his rivals
by 12 lengths.
Following the victory, which also
completed a treble on the day for Gos-
den, Ladbrokes cut Jack Hobbs to 10-
1 for the Investec Derby at Epsom in
Gosden said: "I had him in the race
I won at Epsom with Christophermar-
lowe on Wednesday but he had a hand-
icap mark so I had to make use of it.
"He is still very inexperienced but
he had been doing everything right at
"He is a lovely, progressive horse who
is well balanced.
"We have put him in the Dante and
that could be an option.
"Frankie (Dettori) seems fairly con-
fident he will get further as he s got a
great mind and is very relaxed."
The win marked the second time on
the card the trainer and jockey had com-
bined to good effect after Western Hymn
(7-2) had earlier mastered his rivals in
the bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes.
Mutarakez (7-1) started the season
off in fine fashion when kickstarting
Dettori s halcyon day with victory in
the bet365 Esher Cup.
Winning trainer Brian Meehan said:
"He is a lovely horse who looked green
at Doncaster last year when he won.
"He looked a little bit green again
but he picked up well up the straight
and is a nice horse with a big future.
"I would have thought he would be
the sort of type for the Britannia."
Compatriot Marco Botti provided
Dettori with his third winner on the
card after Brandybend (8-1) went one
better than on her debut at Chelmsford
City in the Nordoff Robbins Willie
Robertson Memorial Maiden Fillies
Waady put in the performance of a
sprinter going places when gaining an
easy victory in the bet365.com Hand-
The 9-4 favourite formed the middle
part of Gosden s treble when following
up his comeback win at Nottingham
with the minimum of fuss.
The Clarehaven handler said: "He is
in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal
Ascot but at the moment I see him
more as a five-furlong horse."
After nearly 4,350 winners,
more than 1,000 falls, 20 straight
jockey titles and countless broken
bones, Tony McCoy will end his
record-shattering career on the
aptly named Box Office today.
There are sure to be emotional
scenes at Sandown---a racecourse
just outside London---as British
horse racing bids farewell to its
greatest jumps jockey, who is
dreading the moment he puts his
silks away for the final time.
"I wish I could do it for another
20 years, that s for sure," McCoy
said ahead of his final day in the
McCoy s announcement in Feb-
ruary that he would be ending his
20-year career as a jockey has led
to an outpouring from the British
public---and no doubt some relief
among his fellow riders who have
lived in McCoy s shadow for the
past two decades.
Sandown will have 18,000 spec-
tators and is sold out for the first
time in a decade. Officials are put-
ting on special trains from London
to cope with the demand.
McCoy has been champion
jockey in Britain every season since
1996---his first year as a profes-
sional. He has won every big
British race at least once, including
the Grand National in 2010 in his
15th attempt, and rewritten vir-
tually every record in the book.
The previous all-time record of
winners belonged to Richard Dun-
woody with 1,699. McCoy sur-
passed that in 2002 and his total
currently stands at 4,348. He has
ridden 200 winners in a season
on nine occasions.
McCoy---also known as AP--- is
going out at the top, too, and will
collect his latest jump jockey s tro-
phy from former Arsenal striker
Ian Wright, one of the greatest
footballers to have played for
McCoy s favourite team. The tro-
phy will be kept permanently by
McCoy, as it is being decommis-
sioned in acknowledgement of his
contribution to the sport.
McCoy is scheduled to have two
rides today---Mr Mole in his final
Grade One race, which has been
named the AP McCoy Celebration
Chase. He will stay in his custom-
ary green and yellow silks of
retained owner JP McManus to
ride Box Office. By 4.30 p.m. local
time, McCoy s career will be over.
"I am looking forward to certain
things," McCoy said. "Having
breakfast every day and not stand-
ing on a weighing scales every day.
Not getting in the car some days
for seven or eight hours regularly,
a couple of times a week. Not
spending seven days a week liter-
ally travelling. Things like that, I m
not going to miss." (AP)
First to score
Dettori lands Sandown four-timer
Horse racing to bid farewell to
record-breaking jockey McCoy
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