AP McCoy wins at his final Cheltenham Festival after victory on Uxizandre in the Ryanair Chase

The legendary jump jockey is due to retire this year

Graham Clark
Thursday 12 March 2015 17:28
Tony McCoy on Uxizandre celebrates
Tony McCoy on Uxizandre celebrates

Tony McCoy ensured he would not leave his final Cheltenham Festival empty handed when Uxizandre led from pillar to post in the Ryanair Chase.

McCoy did not seem to fancy his chances much pre-race, but Alan King's seven-year-old put in some spectacular leaps on the way round.

He built up a sizeable advantage before McCoy gave him a breather coming down the hill and the challengers stacked up.

Last year's runner-up Hidden Cyclone, the favourite Don Cossack, Eduard and Johns Spirit had chances, but Nicky Henderson's mare Ma Filleule looked the biggest danger.

McCoy had saved plenty, though, and Uxizandre (16-1) kept up the gallop to win by five lengths.

Don Cossack was three and a quarter lengths behind Ma Filleule in third.

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