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Biting Back: There could be a future in TV for McCoy

By Frank Brownlow

Tony McCoy wants a word with Clare Balding. A national institution, the Grand National, has been deserted by a national institution.

Balding, Britain's leading sports broadcaster, will on April 11 host coverage of the Boat Race rather than the Grand National.

And Ulster great McCoy, who won the Aintree showpiece for the first and so far only time in 2010 on board Don't Push It, is not a happy man.

"I am disappointed Clare is not hosting the coverage of the Grand National and will be asking her about it the next time I see her," he said.

"I have known Clare for over 20 years and it will be interesting to hear what she has to say."

There are several front runners in the race to host Channel 4's biggest day of racing.

Racing broadcaster Nick Luck is the favourite, but if Channel 4 bosses go down the celebrity route, bookies expect it to be a fight between Gok Wan and Jeremy Kyle.

Kyle actually owns racehorses and is known to be passionate about the sport.

But in what could be McCoy's last National - he will turn 41 less then a month after the big race - the man who is set to be crowned champion jockey for an incredible 20th successive time obviously feels a Gok or a Jeremy bring nowhere near as much to the party as his pal Clare, whose family is steeped in the sport.

But if McCoy, arguably Ulster's greatest ever sportsman, lands a second Grand National come April, he can call time on a glittering career and ride off into the sunset.

And return to Aintree next year to present the coverage himself.

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