AP McCoy may have been shoveling down three square meals a day since he retired in April but the champ pitches up at Doncaster for the Leger legends race on the opening day as we count down to the final Classic of the Flat season.
No one’s going to mistake Big Mac for a former jockey, like, ever. But the J man as nobody ever calls him, has let his head rule his heart for once and plumped for Dark Avenger to upstage McCoy and joins noted laydeez man Turftalk Tom in trying to nab a bit of value with Jamie Osborne’s runner.
And for the first time we can remember – but there’s no guarantee it didn’t happen before – two panelists have identical picks in four TV races. They’ll either be in Lucky 15 heaven come 4pm on Wednesday afternoon or facing into another spell down the job centre come Thursday morning.
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The opening two races have thrown up Tidal Wave and Elronaq as panel ‘bankers’ with only Paddy – whose still tearing around Power Tower bigging-up Sole Power for his next run – out on a limb with Ferryover.
Meanwhile, our secretive Trader has hit on the three-year-old Cotai Glory to get some points on the board and cash in his e-wallet in the opening-day exchanges at the Town Moor racecourse.