Thursday 14 December 2017

McCoy still hunting 4,000th win

Tony McCoy is on the brink of riding his 4,000th winner.
Tony McCoy is on the brink of riding his 4,000th winner.

Tony McCoy will travel to Chepstow more in hope than expectation on Wednesday afternoon as he continues his search for the two winners that will see him reach the astonishing total of 4,000 in his career over jumps.

The 18-times champion jockey drew a blank from three rides on Tuesday at Exeter - the track at which he rode his first British winner back in 1994.

McCoy has two booked rides at the Welsh venue, the Rebecca Curtis-trained El Macca in the R.A.B.I. Gateway Project Maiden Hurdle and Jonjo O'Neill's Mission Complete, who could be appropriately named should he land the NFU Mutual Supports R.A.B.I. Handicap Hurdle.

Assessing his chances, McCoy said: "El Macca is named after a friend of mine Steve McManaman (former England, Liverpool and Real Madrid winger) - I'm not sure he's got as much ability as Steve had but hopefully he will run okay.

"I'm not sure how much of a chance Mission Complete has got. I'd be surprised.

"It could go on, and I'll be lucky if I have a winner (at Chepstow)."

On the chances of hitting the 4,000th and then his beloved Arsenal winning in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund, he said: "It would be good, really good (for both to happen).

"We did well at the weekend against Liverpool and have come together well as a team. Dortmund are one of the favourites and if Arsenal got a result there it would be a good one."

William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: "We were 5-1 for AP McCoy to reach the 4,000-winner milestone at Exeter and racegoers were slightly disappointed not to see him reach the landmark.

"The betting suggests he's less likely to achieve the feat on Wednesday - he's 22-1 to ride his 4,000th at Chepstow.

"That could look a huge price if he picks up a spare ride or two - all bets already placed with William Hill at 22-1 would still stand."

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