Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 11:29 09/02/2015
Freebets.com takes a look at some of the special betting markets concerning AP McCoy after the 19-time Champion Jockey announced he will be retiring at the end of the 2015 National Hunt season.
The dust had barely settled a day on from AP McCoy dropping a bombshell and announcing his retirement in the wake of his 200th win of the campaign aboard Mr Mole and the great man was at it once again. The Hennessy Gold Cup was one of the few races that had eluded him throughout his career, but under a typically determined ride he managed to get Carlingford Lough home at Leopardstown on Sunday afternoon, to kick off what will be an emotional lap of honour.
Online bookmakers have been quick to price up some special markets on the back of the 40-year-old's impending retirement and we cast our eye over some of the top prices.
Stoke based firm bet365 are taking bets on which course he will make his final ride with likely destination Sandown Park an even money bet, while any other course is available at 2/1. The same bookie also offer the following prices on the total amount of winners for the 2015 season;
241-260 winners - evens
221-240 winners - 9/4
261-280 winners - 5/1
200-220 winners - 8/1
281-299 winners - 8/1
300+ winners - 20/1
Those fancying McCoy to ride the winner of the 2015 Grand National will find a best price of 12/1 with Betfair Sportsbook, the firm also quoting odds of 16/1 that he trains a winner at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.
Paddy Power is the place to go shopping if you fancy the champ to make a comeback, the Irish bookie offering 12/1 to return to Jumps Racing as a jockey before the end of next year and 14/1 To be Champion Jumps Jockey next season. And it wouldn't be like Paddy to not have something from out of left-field, so how does 750/1 to be next Arsenal manager grab you?
2015 Cheltenham Festival
Unless he does make a dramatic u-turn, the 2015 Cheltenham Festival will be McCoy's last as a jockey and there is plenty more markets to get stuck into centred around the four-day extraveganza.
Admittedly he'd do well to get the better of Ruby Walsh over the course of the meeting, but those fancying McCoy to be top jockey at Cheltenham can get 11/1 with Skybet and the same firm have a raft of specials to consider.
Punters can have their say with prices such as 10/1 to ride the winner of the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup and 6/1 to ride 4 or more winners at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival the pick of the bunch on site.
Skybet also offer a tasty 125/1 combo bet that McCoy rides a Gold Cup and Grand National double in what would be a fairytale ending to his glittering career.