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Racing legend Tony McCoy back in the saddle for charity event

By David Young

It's being called the long goodbye.

Despite announcing his retirement from the sport of kings earlier this year, champion jockey Tony McCoy will swing into the saddle yet again when he competes in the Leger Legends charity race at Doncaster today.

The jockey ended his glittering racing career on a low note in April when he came an undistinguished third in a race at Sandown.

But the competitive spirit that sustained McCoy through decades of success is undiminished.

He rides the 5/1 favourite Gannicus, a four-year-old trained by Brendan Powell.

"It's all about winning. I couldn't go out on a winner during my riding career, so maybe now that I'm doing this one-off at Doncaster I can go out on a winner," he told reporters.

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