Cantlow set for a second tilt at Irish Grand National

Harry Rhodes of Tudor Photography went down to Compton galliops to capture AP McCoy riding work on Cantlow. He is pictured with Mollington trainer Paul Webber, with Fran Nimmo (Run On Sterling), Luke Watson (Dashing Over), AP McCoy (Cantlow) and Danny Hannig (Tindaro)
Harry Rhodes of Tudor Photography went down to Compton galliops to capture AP McCoy riding work on Cantlow. He is pictured with Mollington trainer Paul Webber, with Fran Nimmo (Run On Sterling), Luke Watson (Dashing Over), AP McCoy (Cantlow) and Danny Hannig (Tindaro)
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Champion jockey AP McCoy will ride Cantlow in one more piece of work next week ahead of the Boylesports Irish Grand National.

Paul Webber’s ten-year-old came eighth in last year’s race at Fairyhouse when carrying top weight under Andrew McNamara but will be asked to carry much less in next month’s renewal.

The champion jockey did a piece of work on Cantlow at Compton gallops near Newbury last week for the Mollington trainer.

Thursday was another busy day for McCoy, who is bringing the curtain down on an illustrious career at the end of the National Hunt season.

After riding Cantlow in the morning on the gallops at Compton, McCoy headed off to ride at Ludlow before going on to Sibford for a charity evening organised and hosted by television and radio sports presenter Mark Pougatch.

The 19-times champion jockey was special guest at an event which helped raise funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, a favoured charity for many National Hunt trainers and jockeys when the Grand National comes around. McCoy shared the panel with Grand National winning trainer Kim Bailey and Radio 5 racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght.

More on this and other racing in this week’s Banbury Guardian.