William Hill Horse Racing: AP McCoy – Grand National Q&A

With the AP McCoy’s last Grand National coming up this weekend, William Hill Radio’s Mark Walton caught up the Champion Jockey to discuss the big race.

AP discusses his past experiences and best memories of the world’s most famous race, his chances on Shutthefrontdoor in this year’s renewal and his upcoming retirement.



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William Hill Horse Racing: McCoy “The Most Pressure Comes From Within”

AP McCoy’s Predicted First Four In The Grand National – and the reasons why…..

1. Shutthefrontdoor – for the obvious reason that I’m riding him and hopefully he’s going to win the Grand National. He won the Irish Grand National last year and he won his only start this season back at Carlisle in November. He’s been trained for the race by a master trainer in Jonjo O’Neill, he’s brilliant at training long distance staying chasers and I’m hoping that he’s going to give me my second and final Grand National winner.

2. The Druids Nephew – very well handicapped on his form at Cheltenham, won well there and if he gets round he’s definitely got a big chance

3. Rocky Creek – another obvious one for the same reasons, he won a big chase at Kempton after the Grand National weights came out, he finished fifth in the race last year and he’s been specifically trained for the race by Paul Nicholls

4. Cause Of Causes – he won over 4 miles at Cheltenham at the Festival and he was obviously another horse I could have ridden. I’m hoping he doesn’t finish in front of Shutthefrontdoor but I do think he goes to Aintree with a big chance

Shutthefrontdoor has always looked like a horse that has plenty of stamina and he proved that when he won the Irish Grand National. He won over three and a half miles at Fairyhouse which is obviously a challenge for jumping and stamina. Aintree is a different test with different fences, something he’s never encountered before but I don’t envisage any problems with that. Jonjo has a great record in the race and there’s a lot going for the horse in terms of form, preparation and potential improvement.

It’s the biggest betting race of the year, obviously there’s going to be a lot of money and support on Shutthefrontdoor and I think it would be my proudest achievement in terms of getting one over on the bookmakers if Shutthefrontdoor wins the National. A lot of the lads in the weighing room will tell you that I’ve ridden more favourites to win than everyone else, but I’ve probably ridden more favourites to lose than everyone else too. There’s always pressure on you in whatever race you ride in, but the most pressure comes from within and as much as I want to perform for everyone else, I want to perform for myself.

When the tapes go up in the Grand National it’s about concentrating on the job at hand, keeping things as simple as possible and getting to the winning post before everyone else.

You treat all of the fences with respect and take them one by one but you’re most frightened if you are lying at the floor of one of them. It’s a very special race, the most famous and challenging race in the world and my wife Chanelle, my mum and my dad might worry a bit more about what might happen, but horse racing and being a jump jockey is dangerous. The two ambulances follow you round and you just hope it’s not going to be serious if someone does end up in the back of one.

If I could go back in time and ride one horse it would be Red Rum, he was the daddy by winning three Grand Nationals. That feat will probably never be done again. We’ve had so many good Grand National winners in the last fifteen years, horses that you think could come back and win it again, like Don’t Push It and Hedgehunter, and it’s clearly a difficult task to win two but winning three is nearly impossible.

There are obviously jockeys riding in the Grand National for the first time and my advice would be keep out of my way! Seriously, they should enjoy themselves because they are very lucky and privileged to be riding in the most famous race in the world.

AP’s Top Three Dinner Party Guests:
1) Tiger Woods
2) Liam Brady
3) Lester Piggott

Crabbie’s Grand National (William Hill Odds) : 15-2 Shutthefrontdoor, 9-1 Rocky Creek, 10-1 Balthazar King, 14-1 The Druids Nephew, 18-1 Cause Of Causes, 20-1 Alvarado, Soll, 22-1 Godmejudge, Spring Heeled, 25-1 Al Co, Night In Milan, Pineau De Re, Unioniste, 28-1 First Lieutenant, Royale Knight, 33-1 Many Clouds, Saint Are, 40-1 Across The Bay, Ballycasey, Chance Du Roy, Court By Surprise, Lord Windermere, Monbeg Dude, Oscar Time, 50-1 Dolatulo, Mon Parrain, Rebel Rebellion, 66-1 Corrin Wood, Owega Star, Portrait King, Rubi Light, Super Duty, The Rainbow Hunter, Wyck Hill, 100-1 Bob Ford, Ely Brown, Gas Line Boy, River Choice, Tranquil Sea


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William Hill Horse Racing: AP McCoy On A Woman Winning The Grand National: “I Think It’s Only A Matter Of Time”

The Grand National is the most famous horse race because it is the most daunting. The fences are bigger and there are more of them, there are 40 runners and it is run over the furthest distance. There’s no doubt in my mind it’s the most challenging horse race anywhere in the world.

While the Cheltenham Gold Cup probably decides who has got the best horse and is the most prestigious in that sense, in the Grand National it’s not always the best horse and not always the best jockey who gets to win it. It’s the sort of race that can make someone’s career and make someone’s life a whole lot better.

With that sort of pressure, in the Aintree weighing room you obviously get an altercation now and then, but it is a pretty fair place, all the jockeys know how much of a challenge it is. There’s nothing too serious because they’re all very well aware that those two ambulances that are following you around are following you because you could end up in one of them at some point. There’s more of a camaraderie because there’s a lot of reality to being a jump jockey, we all know the dangers.

Some of the lads talk to each other on the way round during the Grand National. Not a full blown conversation that’s for sure, but not a lot of them want to talk to me at the best of times! So I shouldn’t think they want to talk to me during the Grand National!

There’s more female jockeys competing now, the likes of Nina Carberry, Katie Walsh and Lucy Alexander. They are three to name who have done well over the jumps, so I think it’s only a matter of time before a woman wins the Grand National. I think they are very capable, those three in particular and there’s no reason they can’t win the Grand National if they get on the right horse.

William Hill Odds – Female Jockey To Win The Grand National By End Of 2020: 6/1

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William Hill Horse Racing: Froch & Hatton Head William Hill Tipping Challenge

London, 9th March 2015. Some of the biggest names in British sport, including boxing greats Carl Froch and Ricky Hatton, have joined forces with the NSPCC and William Hill for The Tipping Challenge 2015.

Their aim is to raise over £50,000 to help fund the NSPCC’s vital work by picking winners at this week’s Cheltenham Festival.

The Tipping Challenge will run across the four days of the Cheltenham Festival (10 – 13 March) and each of the participants will have £1,000 per day, courtesy of William Hill, to bet with. On the final day (Gold Cup Day) they will bet with £2,000 instead of £1,000.

Other participants in this year’s challenge include nineteen-time champion jockey AP McCoy, Robbie Savage, darts superstar Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and the reigning William Hill World Darts Champion Gary Anderson.

Over the past eleven years, The Tipping Challenge has raised £600,000 for the NSPCC and previous winners have included Alan Pardew, David O’Leary and Glenn Roeder. Thanks to the generosity of bookmaker William Hill, should the sports stars fail to pick the winning horses, the NSPCC is still guaranteed to receive £50,000. But it is hoped that they will have luck on their side, placing winning bets and raising a substantial sum for the NSPCC.

Champion boxer Carl Froch said: “I’m delighted to be taking part in this year’s Tipping Challenge at the world-famous Cheltenham Festival. I hope that Lady Luck will shine down on me and that I’ll pick the winners to raise much-needed funds for the NSPCC – a charity I’m proud to support.

All funds raised from the event will help the NSPCC continue its fight for every childhood, working with children to rebuild their lives and finding ways to prevent abuse from ruining any more.

Full list of participants
AP McCoy (Horse Racing)
Robbie Savage (Football)
Gary Anderson (Darts)
Phil Taylor (Darts)
Carl Froch (Boxing)
Ricky Hatton (Boxing)
Geoff Shreeves (Sky Sports)
Alan Pardew (Football)
Steve McManaman (Football)
Claude Duval (The Punters Pal)


About the NSPCC

The NSPCC is the only children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. Using voluntary donations, which make up more than 90 per cent of our funding, we help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, we protect children at risk, and we find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening. So when a child needs a helping hand, we’ll be there. When parents are finding it tough, we’ll help. When laws need to change, or governments need to do more, we won’t give up until things improve.

Our ChildLine service provides a safe, confidential place for children with no one else to turn to, whatever their worry, whenever they need help. Children can contact ChildLine 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0800 1111 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk

Our free helpline provides adults with a place they can get advice and support, share their concerns about a child or get general information about child protection. Adults can contact the helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0808 800 5000, by texting 88858 or visiting www.nspcc.org.uk


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William Hill Horse Racing: £1 lucky 15 wins a punter £6,282 at Cheltenham

Last year at the UK’s biggest and best horse racing meeting, the Cheltenham Festival, there were many big winners, but one stand out performance was by one shrewd punter whose £1 Lucky 15 won him an impressive £6,282.50!


You are most likely aware of a bet to win or an each way bet. However a ‘Lucky 15′ is one of the most popular bets that people enjoy on the races as it offers many different combinations and chances to win, and win big if all the bets come in.

A Lucky 15 is simply four selections consisting of 15 separate bets, and in order to get a return only one has to win. And as it is 15 separate bets, a £1 Lucky 15 will cost you £15. But as mentioned, if they all come in you are likely to win a lot more than you staked.

It isn’t as hard as it may first appear either; the four selections that scooped over £6,000 were fancied horses that all had a good chance of winning their respective races.

1. O’Faolains Boy at 12/1 in the RSA Chase – Ran in Albert Bartlett previous year (like 3 of last 4 winners) and finished in the top 3 last time out (like the last 26 winners).

2. Sire De Grugy at 11/4 in the Champion Chase – Had a run in the same calendar year (like the last 11 winners) and contested the Tingle Creek at Sandown (like 9 of last 13 winners).

3. Vautour at 7/2 in the Supreme Novices – Won last time out (like 15 of last 17 winners) and ran in the previous 45 days (like 16 of the last 19 winners).

4. Silver Concorde at 16/1 in the Champion Bumper – Won last time out (like 19 of previous 21 winners), Irish trained (like 16 of previous 21 winners).

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1. Douvan at 6/4 in the Supreme Novices Hurdle 10th March 13:30 – Willie Mullins, Rich Ricci and Ruby Walsh have combined for the last two winners of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, with all three bringing Douvan to Cheltenham this time around. GET A GUARANTEED RETURN ON THIS RACE – MORE INFO HERE

2. Jezki at 5/1 in the Champion Hurdle 10th March 15:20 – The reigning Champion Hurdler and he will love returning to Cheltenham. He has improved every single year that he has run and should be in peak physical condition when it matters

3. Champagne Fever at 6/1 in the Champion Chase 11th March 15:20 – If Western Warhorse hadn’t managed to get his head in front in last year’s Arkle, Champagne Fever would be a three time Cheltenham Festival winner. He can make it three this time around in a race where the top two in the betting (Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy) look potentially vulnerable

4. Road to Riches at 9/1 in the Gold Cup 13th March 15:20 – Ireland’s best chance of winning the Gold Cup, he’s a much improved horse landing the JNwine.com Champion Chase at the start of the season and also winning the Lexus at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting. He will love the hustle and bustle of the Festival, jumps like a very good horse and is potentially still improving.

*prices stated at point of publication and will be subject to variation

A winning £1 Lucky 15 with the above selections at those prices would return you over £2,000!

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