Racing legend AP McCoy claims two wins during potential last visit to Fakenham Racecourse
Legendary jockey AP McCoy raced to two victories at Fakenham this afternoon – in what are potentially the last races at the Norfolk course for the 19-time champion jump jockey.
Irishman McCoy, who last weekend shocked the racing world by announcing his retirement at the end of the season, took two wins and two seconds from his four rides.
The 40-year-old took the honours in the third race when the Jonjo O'Neill trained Capard King delivered. The 4/9 shot trailed Twin Barrels with a mile to go but McCoy kept the recent Huntingdon winner up to his work.
Around the last bend he pushed the gelding ahead and a decent leap at the final flight secured success.
He completed his double when Clean Sheet, trained by Nicky Henderson and in the famous green and gold colours of owner JP McManus, won the novices' hurdle. Sent off 8/11 favourite, the crowd erupted as McCoy cleared the final flight to win easily.
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In the feature McCoy had to settle for second on the Alan King trained Gone Too Far. The gelding proved no match for 7/4 favourite Canuspotit.
There had been no glory earlier for McCoy either, when he was beaten into second in the opener on the Jim Best trained Staff Sergeant.
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The 15/8 favourite was always handily placed but the gelding could not find enough to reel in pacesetter Don't Call Me Oscar ridden by seven-pound claimer Paul John.