Eventmasters horse racing hospitality packages ambassador AP McCoy will retire at the end of the National Hunt season on April 25th at Sandown Park, after failing to win his second Grand National.
The soon to be 20 time champion jockey had stated that he would retire with immediate effect if Shutthefrontdoor had won Saturday’s Crabbies Grand National at Aintree. But it wasn’t to be as the favourite finished fifth and Many Clouds won the race for Leighton Aspell and Oliver Sherwood.
After the race McCoy said “I really thought for a long way he could win. From the third-last I was running on empty but I’ve had a great ride off him. Jonjo had him in great shape and he jumped fantastic.” McCoy is arguably the greatest jockey in the history of racing having rode over 4000 winners as well as claiming the champion jockey title for 19 consecutive seasons. He will potentially call the curtain on his glittering career by riding Mr Mole, the horse he was riding when he shocked the National Hunt Racing world by announcing his retirement. Mr Mole is trained by Paul Nicholls who said “I’m trying to ensure that Mr Mole is on song to give AP McCoy a cracking ride in the Celebration Chase at Sandown on his final day as a jockey.”
The Grade One Chase has been named the bet365 AP McCoy Celebration Chase, in honour of the most famous name in jumps racing. Starting next week we will be counting down AP McCoy’s top five rides at the Cheltenham Festival as the champion jockey comes to the end of his career.