Eventmasters horse racing hospitality packages ambassador Tony McCoy will bring the curtain down on his career in front of a packed Sandown crowd tomorrow. The official end of the National Hunt season will see McCoy crowned champion jockey for the 20th consecutive season.
McCoy has just two rides on the card, the first of which is Mr Mole in the Grade 1 Bet365 AP McCoy Celebration Chase. The Paul Nicholls trained seven-year-old is 7/2 favourite despite running a below par race at the Cheltenham Festival in front of Eventmasters guests enjoying the superb corporate hospitality facilities in Silks@Frontrunners. McCoy announced he would retire at the end of the current season, after Mr Mole won the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury in February.
The final ride of his immense career will come aboard the appropriately named Box Office in the 4.25 handicap hurdle, which has been brought forward from its original position as the last race so that it can be shown live on Channel 4. Box Office ran well at both Cheltenham and Aintree, and is handicapped to run a big race.
It is fitting that McCoy will finish his career in the famous colours of JP McManus and a win in his final race for his favourite owner would bring the house down. It seems to be written in the stars that McCoy bow out of the spotlight with at least one winner on his final day. For his career to finish in any other way would almost be cruel, but as we have seen so many times jumps racing isn’t fair.
There is no doubt McCoy is the greatest jockey in the history of the sport and National Hunt racing won’t be the same without him. And while his record will never be beaten it is time for the next generation of riders to provide us with the kind of thrilling memories that McCoy has over the years.
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