No happy ending for McCoy at Fairyhouse

Tony McCoy signed off his career in Ireland with two unplaced rides at Fairyhouse yesterday.

No happy ending for McCoy at Fairyhouse

Rathpatrick was fifth in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners E.B.F. Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final, before Thomas Edison finished well-beaten in the Farmhouse Foods Handicap Hurdle.

McCoy, who recieved a huge ovation when shaking hands with racegoers in the paddock, said: “It’s sad that this is my last day riding in Ireland but hopefully I’ll be allowed back to spectate in years to come.

“I think the lads in the weighing room are happy to see me go!

“I’ve known lads like Ruby Walsh, Paul Carberry and David Casey for a long time, and I’ll miss coming to Ireland..

“I’m flattered by all the attention that I’ve been given, and I’ve been just trying to keep my mind on the job.

“I’m hoping to be at Punchestown for a few days, and I was walking around JP’s (McManus) place this morning looking at plenty of nice young horses that I won’t be able to ride over the next few years.

“I’ll miss places like this, that’s for sure.

“There’s times I’ve wished I hadn’t been champion jockey, because I think I could have ridden a little bit longer and maybe a little bit more in Ireland, but I wouldn’t going to complain - the only complaint I’ve got is I’d love to do it all again.”

He added: “I’ve no thoughts about training as my life has been very committed for the past 25 years and I want to have a bit of a life for the next 25.”

Meanwhile Sandra Hughes believes Thunder And Roses could be a realistic contender for the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree in a year’s time following his emotional triumph at Fairyhouse on Monday.

The seven-year-old fought off fellow Gigginstown-owned runners Rule The World and Band Of Blood to clinch Irish Grand National glory in the hands of Katie Walsh in a poignant victory for his trainer, who took over the training licence following the death of her father, Dessie, in November.

Thunder And Roses is set to be roughed off for the season following his Easter exertions and Hughes sees no reason why a trip to Merseyside next spring should not be a target.

She said: “The horse is very well this morning. There’s not a bother on him.

“We had a quiet enough night. We were all very tired after a very long an emotional day, so I just had dinner with my mother and daughter and that was it. There will be a party at the end of the season.

“I’d imagine that’s him finished for the season. I don’t think there’s any need to run him again.

“I suppose what we do (next season) depends what the handicapper does, but I’d be happy to take a chance with him at Aintree.

“He’s a horse that stays all day and I don’t think another mile would be a bother to him.”

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