Emotions will be running high at Sandown on Saturday for AP McCoy’s final day as a jump jockey before retirement.
His final ride of his career before he retires is set to be aboard Jonjo O’Neill-trained Box Office.
Provided the ground is not too firm, McCoy will sign off in the green and gold silks of JP McManus.
McCoy also will ride Mr Mole in the earlier AP McCoy Celebration Chase – a race named in his honour.
It was after he won on Mr Mole at Newbury in February that the Northern Irishman announced this would be his final season in the saddle.
Can he bow out on a winning note?
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Not for me, but I’ll be roaring all his mounts on despite not having a penny on any of his selections.
I’m eyeing a juicy lucky 15 this Saturday for Bet365’s big day of the year at Sandown.
In the AP McCoy Celebration Chase at 3:15 my money has to be with God’s Own at a whopping 6/1.
Tom George’s charge has proven himself to be a Grade One performer this year by finishing second in a hot running of the Arkle Chase and filling that same position at Aintree behind Sizing Granite when jockey Paddy Brennan got things all wrong aboard the gutsy novice.
He’s only a novice in name though as this seven-year-old has been around the block and punters shouldn’t let a poor record for novices cloud their judgement in this event.
God’s Own jumps well and finds plenty for pressure.
In a weak race where there are question marks around all at the head of the betting, he’s the perfect punting option.
If the rain stays away at Sandown on Saturday, punters should be eyeing a bet on Le Reve in the BET365 GOLD CUP CHASE at 3:50.
He was foot perfect when winning a similar race to the Sandown feature at the end of January when he was given a peach of ride by Daryl Jacob.
He’s up 8lbs in the weights for that win but that didn’t hinder him when he finished second by the well handicapped Rocky Creek at Kempton.
A repeat of that run at a track that suits his style of racing will see him go very close.
The BET365 OAKSEY CHASE was won last season by Menorah and there looks a good chance he’ll repeat the trick this year.
He has been hit and miss this year, finishing second in the Betfair Chase while also finishing near last in the King George VI Chase at Kempton.
However, sunshine and Sandown are the formula he needs to show his best and he’s likely to be a big player over the 2m6f trip.
Polly Peachum looks to have a really nice chance of landing the pot in the BET365 SELECT HURDLE – the final race of the day.
She was unlucky not to finish ahead of Glenns Melody in the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham and is good enough to compete against the boys here.
3:15 God’s Own
3:50 Le Reve
4:25 Polly Peachum
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