LEOPARDSTOWN, Ireland (AP) — Tony McCoy began his journey toward retirement by winning the Irish Hennessy Gold Cup, one of the country’s top horse races, for the first time on Sunday.
A day after announcing he would be retiring from the sport in April, Britain’s most successful jumps jockey rode Carlingford Lough, a 4-1 shot, to victory by three-quarters of a length at Leopardstown.
“You can’t fight fate,” McCoy said, “and it was obviously meant to be the way things happened.”
McCoy’s mount made a mistake at the next-to-last fence but responded to overhaul Foxrock on the run-in. Last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Lord Windermere, was third.
The Irish Hennessy is regarded as a trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Britain’s most prestigious jumps race, in March.
McCoy is heading for a 20th champion jockey title and is one of Britain’s leading sports stars.