The Irish trainer Wllie Mullins, who boasts a 50 per cent strike rate, can land the Ascot Chase today

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Tony McCoy riding Carlingford Lough return after winning The Hennessey Gold Cup at Leopardstown racecourse

AP McCoy has had 2015 retirement in mind 'for the pas t five years'

Retirement-bound Tony McCoy was all smiles after winning the Irish Gold Cup on Carlingford Lough

Tony McCoy riding Carlingford Lough return after winning The Hennessey Gold Cup at Leopardstown racecourse

AP McCoy is certainly great, but we don't need a hierarchy of greatness

COMMENT: It’s insulting to want to list one above another. Bonkers and unnecessary

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