Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Sprinter Supported Against McCoy's Mole

AP McCoy is on Mr Mole for this weekend’s Celebration Chase, with the race being renamed in honour of the 20-time Champion Jockey. McCoy will be presented with his final Jockeys’ Championship on Saturday, as the curtain comes down on the most successful career in jump racing history.

“We expect Mr Mole to be very well supported this weekend as the Champion bids to go out with a bang,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

However, Sprinter Sacre is the best-backed in the antepost book. Nicky Henderson’s star chaser was pulled-up at Cheltenham but racing fans will hope he can return to the level of ability he showed before his cardiac issues.

“As one king of the jumps game bows out, the sport is hoping another bounces back,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

AP McCoy Celebration Chase: 7-2 Mr Mole, Special Tiara, Sprinter Sacre, 5-1 Somersby, 13-2 God’s Own, 8-1 Vibrato Valtat, 16-1 Court Minstrel, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)