AP McCoy was denied a dream ending to what will be his final Grand National and trip to Aintree, finishing fifth on Shutthefrontdoor in this year’s race.
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The veteran rider admitted after the race that he thought fate might conspire to give him a memorable farewell but alas it was not meant to be.
For a while it looked as if the race would follow the script so many wished for, with McCoy steering his way through the field expertly before heading into the final jump in second place.
But alas over the final furlongs, eventual winner Many Clouds eased away from the field and McCoy found himself, and Shutthefrontdoor, falling down the field instead of up it.
“I thought for a long way he could win,” McCoy said of his horse he told The Daily Telegraph.
“He ran very well and I have no excuses. He just ran out of gas. From the third last fence I was running on empty.”
Some thought in defeat that it might mean the legendary jockey would relent on his promise to quit the sport after this year’s race if he won – however, he confirmed that it would indeed be his last appearance at the Merseyside racing festival.
“I will miss riding horses and races like that,” McCoy said. “It was my last National but was a very enjoyable one.