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20 Feb 2015

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015: McCoy Last Time Lucky

With A P McCoy announcing his retirement from race riding all eyes will be on him for this year's Cheltenham Festival 2015. 

We have to go back to 1992 for his first victory. However, his performances have written the headlines with milestones which have become racing folklore. 

On 7th November 2013, he eclipsed all records when riding his 4000th winner on Mountain Tunes at Towcester. In fact this modest man has been champion jockey since turning professional: first championship in 1995/96 and 19 consecutive Champion jockey titles to date. His accolades include an OBE in 2010, along with Sports Personality of the Year to cement his status as all-time great. 

As of 18th February 2015 he has achieved career wins of 4,333.         

It would be fitting for this racing supremo to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, held at Prestbury Park, run over 3 miles 2 1/2 furlongs. In truth, this steeple chase has been elusive for A P McCoy. National Hunt fans will remember his first victory in 1997 when Mr Mulligan, trained by Noel Chance, proved a surprise. In 2012, Synchronised [pictured] proved a popular winner for Jonjo O'Neill in the familiar racing silks of legendary gambler J P McManus. 

Come 13th March, 2015 many punters will be interested in betting Tony McCoy for the Gold Cup if not taking a bet on Cheltenham's top jockeys because trainers will make this a Festival to remember for ''the champ''. 

It would be a magical moment if his likely mount Holywell could make the headlines for horse trainer Jonjo O'Neill, riding in the colours of Mrs Gay Smith. This eight-year-old gelding, sired by Gold Well out of a Thatching mare, won well last time out at Kelso when 1/4f by twenty-five lengths. This bay horse has proved victorious on his two Cheltenham starts to date, both at double-figure odds. 

Holywell is presently priced at 10/1 to win the Gold Cup. 

Win or lose, the Cheltenham roar will be as much for one jockey as the occasion itself - the legend A P McCoy.