Racegoers hail AP McCoy for the last time

SOUTHWELL FAREWELL -- Tony 'AP' McCoy.
SOUTHWELL FAREWELL -- Tony 'AP' McCoy.

Racegoers and punters from the Dispatch district defied driving rain to salute champion jockey Tony ‘AP’ McCoy (pictured) for probably the final time last Sunday.

McCoy (40) stunned the racing world earlier this month by announcing that he is to retire from the saddle at the end of the season.

So fans took the opportunity to see him action at Nottinghamshire’s only jumps track, Southwell, where he made what is likely to be his last appearance. They queued for his autograph and also to have their photo taken with him.

In five rides, McCoy, champion for 19 seasons on the trot, partnered two winners, Zip Top and Spookydooky, and also finished second on Mr Lando and Amirr.

Now he is preparing for the highlight of the racing year, the Cheltenham Festival, which starts on Tuesday 10th March. Don’t miss Richard Silverwood’s Festival preview and tips in next week’s Dispatch.