McCoy getting ready for Grand National
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McCoy getting ready for Grand National

AP McCoy is looking forward to his last Aintree Grand National on April 11 and the champion jockey is adamant Shutthefrontdoor has ‘got a good chance’.

Speaking to RTE Radio on Wednesday evening McCoy feels that the horse can run well in the upcoming event.  “I'm very happy with Shutthefrontdoor,” McCoy said.

“There’s no doubt there’s a few horses in there that are every bit as well handicapped – such as the likes of The Druid’s Nephew who won at Cheltenham, Rocky Creek who won at Kempton. So hopefully Shutthefrontdoor’s got a good chance.”

McCoy, who is set to ride for the last time at Sandown Park on April 25, reflected on a thrilling and decorated career.  “In some ways there has been times recently when I wished I hadn’t been champion jockey because I do think I could have kept on riding a little bit longer,” McCoy admitted.

“I do think I could have got away with riding four or five days a week, but the reality is if you want to be champion jockey it’s a full-time occupation, it’s every day, and that’s always been my way of life. It’s something I could never change.

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“I’ve had the greatest way of life for the last 20-odd years that anyone could ever have.

“But I am looking forward to certain things: having breakfast every day and not standing on a weighing scales every day.  Not getting in the car some days for seven or eight hours regularly, a couple of times a week.  To not spending seven days a week literally travelling. Things like that, I’m not going to miss.

“I’m not complaining, because I also wish I could do it for another 20 years, that’s for sure.”