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Tony McCoy to bow out with Gold Cup glory on Ulster horse

By Martin Kelly

Published 22/04/2015

Gold Cup bid: Tony McCoy
Gold Cup bid: Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy is in line to ride Ulster-bred Bobs Worth in the Gold Cup at Sandown on Saturday, the final day of the jumps season - when the 40-year-old great will quit the saddle.

The Ulsterman, set to retire after being crowned champion for the 20th successive year, looks likely to be on Bobs Worth, the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, whose regular rider Barry Geraghty is sidelined through a broken leg sustained in a fall at Downpatrick's Ulster Grand National meeting.

The Nicky Henderson-trained 10-year-old is described as a "definite" runner at this stage and as yet no jockey has been booked.

"At the moment he's definitely going to run. I don't know at this moment in time who will ride him. I've spoken to Nicky and a lot, I guess, will be what happens behind the scenes," said Malcolm Kimmins, head of his syndicate of owners.

"There's obviously a lot of talk about what Tony McCoy is going to ride. I simply don't know the answer to that at the moment. There will no doubt be plenty of discussion going on. I can't say more than that.

"It's very exciting and is going to be one hell of a day. I'm aware there is an AP factor to it."

Bobs Worth is currently set to carry 11st 7lb with the Willie Mullins-trained On His Own the top weight on 11st 12lb.

The Lucy Wadham-trained Le Reve and Warren Greatrex's Paint The Clouds head the ante-post market as 10-1 joint-favourites with Ladbrokes.

The preceding race is in honour of the Moneyglass ace, who will ride Mr Mole in the AP McCoy Celebration Chase.

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