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  • Legendary Jockey Tony Mccoy to Ride at Sandown Racecourse

    Tony MccoyIrish jockey Tony McCoy is keen on taking his final ride before retirement at the historical Sandown Racecourse if he is able to secure reliable mounts for himself. Tony referred to as AP McCoy is 19 times champion jockey and it was expected that he will retire after he earns his 20th championship in partnership with his favoured mount Mr. Mole. Though it was rumoured that he will retire after Bet365 Gold Cup it is now confirmed that he will ride in the handicap hurdle race at Sandown. Two horses that have been introduced for the Sandown race by McCoy’s boss JP McManus that have been trained by Jonjo O’Neill named Box Office and Champagne Present would both be fitting mounts for AP McCoy.

    Mounts that can be used by McCoy for races

    As the mount for McCoy has still not been finalised several other options are being touted as likely horses for his last race. Cheltenham winner Aqalim that has been trained by John Ferguson is a good prospect along with Lost Legend another horse trained by O’Neill. Other alternatives for McCoy are Cheltenham Gold Cup winner of 2013, Bobs Worth which has already been registered for the races along with Springter Sacre that is a special entrant at AP McCoy Celebration Chase.

    AP McCoy’s career and retirement

    Jockey McCoy has won more than 4300 races during his illustrious career as a jockey and though is fans expressed disappointment at his retirement announcement, his wife has expressed relief and joy as jockeys are always at risk of fatal injuries. Though AP McCoy has suffered injuries in his 20 year career and has broken bones in almost every part of his body. It is still unclear if he will ride on ride in every event or only at the final event which is a handicap hurdle. Though all bets are on Mr. Mole there are several other interesting options that he can try out.

  • Playing El Camino Derby on a Budget

    The results of El Camino Real Derby are eagerly awaited this year as the winner of the game will receive ten points and get to compete in the Kentucky Derby. Since most of the contestants of this year’s El Camino Derby are relatively unknown, it will be exciting as well as difficult for the fans to predict winners. The best bet among these horses would be Mischief Clem who is 9-2 on the morning line and in his last game bet horses from California stables at stakes match in Santa Anita. At his maiden win, which went for more than a mile, Mischief Clem had carried forward a 7 ¼ length win showing signs of maturity and great fortitude.

    Strongest opponent of Mischief Clem in the raceEl Camino Real Derby

    The steed likely to be ridden by Russel Baze, nine-time El Camino Real Derby winning jockey, will be Stand and Salute that has the honour of being trained by Jerry Hollendorfer who has trained highest number of winners for the Derby. He will prove to be a powerful opponent for Mischief Clem who has had experience in racing on synthetic turf at Golden Gate. Punters are betting that Mischief is likely to exceed his previous performance and stretch the limit to 1 1/8 miles. Though Stand and Salute finished third last at Golden Gate stakes it was most likely due to travel stress and under able tutelage of Baze and Hollendorfer he is likely to race well.

    Other horses in the race

    Conquest Stables presentation Conquest Typhoon is likely to give both top contenders a close run for their money as he will be raced by Mike Smith who is a Hall of Fame rider. Other horses in the race are likely to be Indiannaughty from Team Valor, followed by Harmonica for Phillip Racing partnership and Cross the Line. Though Conquest Typhoon is a graded stakes winner, his speed is low on synthetic surface which is a worrying factor. The race can be played within budget of $20 by placing largest bet of $10 on Mischief Clem and remaining on others.

  • McCoy Aiming for Big Win in Final Career Race

    Champion jockey AP McCoy has announced that he will retire after his final race at forthcoming Cheltenham Festival next month. In his long illustrious career, McCoy has won 19 championships among which the most memorable are two Gold Cups, one Queen Mother Champion Chase and three Champion Hurdles. He is keen to make his final championship run memorable by winning another Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival. AP McCoy who is also fondly called as Tony McCoy by his close friends attributes all his special wins to his favourite horse Synchronized. For the forthcoming Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, McCoy is likely to ride on Carlingford Lough, which won Irish Hennessy.

    AP McCoyMcCoy’s career

    The Northern Irish jockey’s career started at an early age of 17 years when he won his first race in 1992 at Ireland. He started his early career as an apprentice for retired trainer Toby Balding and won the first Champion Jockey title of his career in 1995-96 and since then has broken record of several jockeys by gathering 19 titles in all. In England, McCoy won his first race at Exeter in 1994 on Chickabiddy which had been trained by Gordon Edwards. Champion jockey McCoy also attributes his success to his trainers Martin Pipe and Paul Nicholls with whom he had a strong partnership that enabled him to stay fit and win 4000 times.

    Preparing for the final racex

    When McCoy announced his retirement early this month he also expressed his desire to try and win the Gold Cup at Cheltenham for the last time and sign off with a flourish. He is considering several horses for the race and is preparing himself by taking part in Stan James Champion Hurdle. Besides Carlingford Lough, McCoy is studying the progress of Sire De Grugy, Sprinter Sacre and Dodging Bullets along with Jezki. Discussions are also on for JP McManus stable’s horse Mr. Mole as a potential ride for McCoy at Cheltenham.