It would take something very special for AP McCoy to ride six winners at Carlisle this afternoon and make it to 4,000 career winners. A special feat, however considering this is AP McCoy, not an entirely unrealistic one.
AP is closing in on a 19th (NINETEENTH!) Champion Jockeys’ title and you wouldn’t put it past The Champ to seal his 4,000 winner this afternoon. His six rides are all favourites and the accumulative odds of all six winning is 680/1. That’s got to be worth a little cheeky 50p while you’re tucking into your Sunday roast.
Here are his six rides today and the Racing Post comment for each of them. Come on AP, we’re all rooting for you!
1.00pm: Bernardelli – 3/1 Favourite
Racing Post: ‘Suffered an injury when catching eye of the stewards earlier in the year but shaped nicely on reappearance at Kelso, keeping on nicely behind well-backed McCain inmate; open to further improvement and McCoy booked for handicap debut.’
1.30pm: Holywell – 4/5 Favourite
Racing Post: ‘Boasts the best of form over hurdles, with blinkers triggering improved performances to win the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham before chasing home Solwhit in Grade 1 at Aintree; somewhat surprising to see cheekpieces return and 3m would be more his trip, but will clearly take some beating if fluent over his fences.’
2.05: Oscar Fortune – 7/4 Favourite
Racing Post: ‘Irish maiden point and bumper winner who showed a good attitude when scoring on hurdles debut at Huntingdon (2m4f; soft) on his return last month; decent RPR of 125 in that race and has plenty of scope for progress for powerful yard; respected.’
2.40pm: Tap Night – 6/4 Favourite
Racing Post: ‘Won over hurdles first time back last season and later developed into decidedly classy novice chaser, recording RPR as high as 153 when runner-up in Grade 1 over this trip at Aintree´s National meeting; below that form at Ayr only fortnight later but stand-out at the weights if running his race.’
3.45pm: Bescot Springs – 4/1 Favourite
Racing Post: ‘Just over two years since last win off this very mark but got some momentum going over hurdles before returning to fences at Kelso last time and finding only an on-song Knockara Beau too strong (3m2f, good to soft); no disgrace in that.’
4.15pm: Red Lion Rock – 7/4 Favourite
Racing Post: ‘Half-brother to five winners, including 1m Listed winner Harvest Queen; dam from same family as Stoute-trained Classic winners North Light and Golan; trainer not that prolific in bumpers but good overall strike-rate when securing McCoy.’