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AP delight at statue to be unveiled at Cheltenham Festival

By Graham Clark

A statue of Sir Anthony McCoy is to be unveiled at Cheltenham on the opening day of next month's Festival on March 14.

The Ulsterman retired nearly two years ago having been champion jockey 20 successive times and ridden 31 winners at National Hunt's showpiece. He has a record 4,358 career winners.

The lifesize bronze of the legendary rider, which was crafted by Dublin-based sculptor Paul Ferriter, will be situated on the Best Mate Plaza.

McCoy (42) said: "I thought most people got a statue when they were dead! I guess it will give the birds somewhere to sit."

Meanwhile, war veteran Captain Guy Disney reflected on an "extraordinary" success after claiming Royal Artillery Gold Cup glory at Sandown eight years after losing his right leg.

Disney lost his right leg below the knee after his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while he was serving in Helmand Province in July 2009.

Disney (34) won on the David Pipe-trained Rathlin Rose.

"I'm only in this position thanks to the lads who helped save my life, the surgeons that looked after me in hospital and the physios that treated me," said Disney.

"There was a lot to think about (when passing the line), like the lot that aren't here."

ASCOT: 1.15 Beyond Conceit, 1.50 Arpege D'Alene, 2.25 Virak, 3.00 Air Horse One, 3.35 CUE CARD (NAP), 4.10 Joe Farrell, 4.45 Cadeaux's Fire.

GOWRAN: 1.20 Bachasson, 1.55 Clarcam, 2.30 Definite Ruby, 3.05 Jezki, 3.40 Dandy Mag, 4.15 Mine Now, 4.50 Blixt.

HAYDOCK: 1.30 Most Celebrated, 2.05 Agrapart, 2.40 Theo's Charm, 3.15 Blaklion, 3.50 The Worlds End, 4.20 Tanit River, 4.55 Bear's Affair.

KEMPTON: 5.45 Tulip Dress, 6.15 Al Sail, 6.45 Vimy Ridge, 7.15 Hairdryer, 7.45 Summer Icon, 8.15 Swot, 8.45 Scribner Creek, 9.15 Spin Top.

LINGFIELD: 1.10 First Moon, 1.45 Whaleweigh Station, 2.20 Just Us Two, 2.55 Final, 3.30 Fast Track, 4.05 Mercers, 4.40 Dynamo.

WINCANTON: 1.40 Paddy The Oscar, 2.15 Bishops Court, 2.45 Yanworth, 3.20 Walt, 3.55 Grey Gold, 4.30 Scales, 5.05 Sergio.

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