Belfast Telegraph

No Fairy tale farewell for AP McCoy at Irish Grand National

By David Young

The record-breaking Irish horse racing career of legendary jump jockey AP McCoy concluded with a whimper yesterday after he finished sixth on Cantlow in the Irish Grand National.

Coming in with the also-rans was not the ending fans and punters had been hoping for, following his wins at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday, when he rode to victory on Sir Scorpion before lifting the featured €100,000 Ryanair Gold Cup on Gilgamboa.

Speaking after his final race on Irish soil, the Moneyglass man said: "The horse ran well - but the ground was a little bit tacky for him. I thought he had a little chance turning in, but the ground got the better of him."

Katie Walsh rode the winner, Thunder and Roses, trained by Sandra Hughes.

But despite his own disappointment, McCoy had praise for the winner.

"It was great for Sandra Hughes and Katie Walsh - brilliant," he said.

While yesterday saw the end of AP McCoy's Irish racing career, he still has a few races left to complete in the UK.

Most prominent among them is the Aintree Grand National which takes place on Saturday.

His mount is expected to be current 7-1 favourite Shutthefrontdoor, giving the world's greatest ever jump jockey the chance to end his career in glory.

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