Did the racing media go overboard in the week after the greatest jump jockey of my lifetime retired? Some punters thought so. I don’t agree.
I am already missing the soon to be 20 times champion jump jockey. And he has yet to put the kettle on and his feet up in front of daytime television!
On Wednesday I was interested in two runners at Doncaster. Western Jo, which was available at 7/1 the night before, and Milan Bound. The latter was, on the face of it, the quality horse in the race.
The night before, when writing up my analysis of the race, I expressed to members how I would like to have backed Western Jo each way, had the price been a bigger one. Of how I fancied that Philip Hobbs trained horse but for the presence – at a good price of 10/3 – of Milan Bound. McCoy being the jockey was a positive.
For much of the race it looked as though I had picked the wrong one of two. Turning the final corner for home AP was pushing along a reluctant Milan Bound and a win looked unlikely. Even two fences from home, Milan Bound looked beaten by the leader – a certain horse called Western Jo. I was cursing myself for going with form rather than gut instinct.
What happens next?
Why not watch the race and admire AP McCoy in action. He’s wearing the usual colours of green with gold hoops and a white cap.
And to think, some people thought the fuss made about his retirement was excessive.
See him in action and take a moment to realise what we will be missing this time next year.