Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Double Seven for Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy will go for his second Grand National victory on Saturday
Tony McCoy will go for his second Grand National victory on Saturday

Tony McCoy has plumped for Double Seven for his Grand National glory bid at Aintree on Saturday. Well, kind of.

He may yet switch to Colbert Station if there is a lot of rain which could lead to soft ground conditions and would not suit Double Seven.

McCoy's preference for Double Seven has already caused the price to plummet from 25-1 to 16-1 with punters piling on the pounds with the bookies as the prolific Ulsterman attempts to follow up his sole Grand National triumph, on Don't Push It in 2010.

But before you go throwing your hard-earned on McCoy – who will be crowned champion jockey for an unprecedented 19th successive time later this month – bear in mind that the Moneyglass man was desperately off target with his choices at last month's Cheltenham Festival.

McCoy had the pick of two horses in two of the Festival's biggest races – and each time the mount he turned down went on to win.

McCoy rejected Jezki – a horse he had won on at this season's Down Royal Festival – in the Champion Hurdle and could only watch as the six-year-old romped to victory ahead of his choice, My Tent Or Yours, which finished second.

Then in the World Hurdle, McCoy opted for At Fishers Cross instead of More Of That – the latter won, the former third.

Punters have been backing McCoy's possible rides in the build-up to the big race to get a bigger price before he made his choice. That's a very big leap of faith.

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