JOCKEY AP McCoy brushed off mixed emotions over his retirement announcement to land a first Irish Hennessy Gold Cup on board Carlingford Lough yesterday at Leopardstown.
McCoy, who announced his intention to quit racing by the end of the season on Saturday, led the JP McManus-owned, John Kiely-trained 4-1 shot past Foxrock in a thrilling finish.
“You can’t fight fate and it was obviously meant to be the way things happened,” said the 19-time champion jockey. “I have to be careful I don’t get too emotional, it’s not good for the image.”
Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere was third, ahead of Boston Bob in fourth and Ruby Walsh’s mount On His Own.