Jessica Harrington hopes Tony McCoy can sign off in a blaze of glory at Cheltenham

Tony McCoy celebrates winning the Hennessy Gold Cup on board Carlingford Lough
Tony McCoy celebrates winning the Hennessy Gold Cup on board Carlingford Lough

Jessica Harrington feels it would be the stuff of fairytales if Tony McCoy could sign off his final Cheltenham Festival in a blaze of glory.

The County Kildare trainer would like to see the ultimate professional add to his incredible record by making his mark in the championship races at jump racing’s flagship meeting next month, before he retires after a record-breaking riding career.

“I hope that he wins all the big races from now until he retires because he’s pushed the bar of endurance and everything to do with racing and riding beyond any limit that’s been before,” said Harrington, whose Jezki will be ridden by McCoy in the Champion Hurdle.

“It would be a fairytale if he could win a couple of the championship races at Cheltenham in his last year.

“He’s an amazing jockey - a fantastic rider - and the thought he puts into each race is amazing.

“He treats each horse as an individual, he thinks about all his horses and that’s what his obsession is. That’s why he is so good.”

Meanwhile, McCoy is set to ride Carlingford Lough in his final Cheltenham Gold Cup.

McCoy, twice a winner in 1997 and 2012, will stick with the Irish Hennessy winner, owned by JP McManus, for next month’s race despite another potential mount – Holywell – being more fancied in the betting.

“I couldn’t be happier that Carlingford Lough will be my ride,” the 40-year-old said in his Cheltenham Racecourse blog.