Belfast Telegraph

Racing legend Tony McCoy hoping to bow out in Grand style

Editor's Viewpoint

The Grand National is one of the greatest tests in sport and it has attracted the interest not only of the regular supporters of horse-racing and the punters, but also members of the general public who make only one wager a year.

Today's event will be unique because it will feature our own champion jockey AP McCoy who is appearing in the race for the last time and also attempting to win for a second time, after his famous victory in 2010.

Countless thousands of people will wait for the outcome with bated breath.

No one more so than AP's mother Claire who has lived through all the ups and downs, quite literally, of her son's fantastic career.

Mrs McCoy has admitted that she finds it difficult to watch her son in action, and today will be looking on "in places".

However, there will be large number of hard-headed people who will be watching the race with a very special interest.

These are the bookmakers who stand to lose a fortune if AP wins, whatever odds he goes off at.

The combination of the Grand National tradition of having a flutter and the fact that this is AP McCoy's last chance of achieving a second triumph at Aintree has led to an unprecedented number of bets being placed on one of Ulster's favourite sporting sons.

Behind the glamour, and setbacks, of being a champion jockey for decades, there is a remarkable story of the dedication, discipline and courage of AP in devoting his life to one of the most thrilling and dangerous sports on the planet.

If dedication and skill were enough qualities to ensure success, McCoy would always be a winner.

Whatever happens, AP McCoy will always be a champion and he will always remain a legend in sporting history. We wish him well.

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