Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

McCoy Rules Out Return And Tips Johnson To Be Champion

It wasn’t to be a fairy-tale end to the dream career of Champion Jockey AP McCoy, who missed out on a ‘Box Office’ win in his final ever ride on a racecourse – to his long term rival Richard Johnson.

McCoy partnered the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Box Office in his last ride, but could only finish third, to the Richard Johnson-ridden Brother Tedd.

Johnson has been runner-up to McCoy in the Jockeys’ Championship 15 times.

And AP McCoy told William Hill Radio that he would like Richard Johnson to be Champion Jockey next season. Johnson is 5-4 favourite with William Hill to take over from McCoy and win the title in 2015/16.

AP McCoy told William Hill Radio: “I’d like Richard Johnson to be Champion Jockey because he made me achieve a lot of the things that I did.”

“I would never have achieved the numbers I have done if it wasn’t for Richard Johnson. That’s no disrespect to Sam Twiston-Davies or Tom Scudamore or Jason Maguire. We have numerous lads who could be Champion Jockey, but personally I would like Richard Johnson to be Champion Jockey.”

But despite McCoy receiving an incredible reception from the crowd at Sandown Park, William Hill think it is very unlikely he will ever return to the saddle.

McCoy told William Hill earlier in the week to “feel free to shoot me” if he ever rides as a professional jockey again – he’s 12-1 to make a comeback in the 2015/16 season.

Listen to the interview here:

AP McCoy To Return As A Professional Jockey In 2015/16 Season:

YES     12/1, NO      1/50

AP McCoy To Receive A Knighthood By 2nd January 2016: EVENS

AP McCoy To Win BBC SPOTY 2015: 7/2 FAVOURITE

AP McCoy To Take Part In Next Series Of I’m A Celeb: 12/1

AP McCoy To Take Part In Next Series Of Strictly Come Dancing: 14/1

AP McCoy To Train, Breed Or Own A Grand National Winner By 2020: 16/1

AP McCoy To Train, Breed Or Own A Cheltenham Festival Winner By 2020: 10/1

2015/16 National Hunt Season – Champion Jockey: 5-4 Richard Johnson, 2-1 Sam Twiston-Davies, 5-1 Tom Scudamore, 8-1 Barry Geraghty, 14-1 Jason Maguire, 25-1 Bryan Cooper, 33-1 Sean Bowen, 50-1 Tom Cannon