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Cheltenham Festival: Tony McCoy hoping for final high five

By Robert Jones

Tony McCoy has overcome most hurdles, so to speak, in his remarkable career but there is a lingering one he has yet to get over.

The Ulsterman may have chalked up 30 Cheltenham Festival wins over the past two decades or so - but none of those have come when there's been a five in the year!

Yes, remarkably, the Moneyglass man drew blanks at both the 1995 and 2005 Festivals, the second of those particularly remarkable because he was at the height of his powers as a jump jockey back then.

Some punters are betting that there won't be a 'high 5' this time either - which would be an awful shame because virtually everyone at Cheltenham this week wants the about-to-retire 'AP' (below) to go out as a Festival winner.

His first big opportunity comes today in the Stan James Champion Hurdle, which is being billed as an Ulster-flavoured showdown between McCoy's ride Jezki and the Northern Ireland-owned Hurricane Fly, who has beaten last year's champion three times this season but was a huge let-down at last year's Festival.

our cheltenham special, pages 37-43

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