A little over 24 hours after Tony McCoy stunned the racing world in announcing he would retire at the end of the season, the irrepressible Ulsterman roared to a fairytale success in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown.
McCoy had already ridden his first winner since his bombshell when Sort It Out scored at the Dublin track in the famous silks of his boss JP McManus, but that was to prove simply a taster for what was to come in the Irish equivalent of the Gold Cup.
Again in the green and gold of McManus and this time for trainer John Kiely, McCoy produced 4-1 chance Carlingford Lough to perfection to get the better of a battle with Foxrock by three-quarters of a length.McCoy said: “You can’t fight fate and it was obviously meant to be the way things happened.
“Fair play to John Kiely. Every day I’ve been on this horse he’s produced the goods.
“JP’s family are here and my family are here. It’s brilliant. It’s what’s meant to be.
“It’s amazing the people here at Leopardstown today. I have to be careful I don’t get too emotional, it’s not good for the image.”