Mr Mole: the horse on which Tony McCoy announced his retirementPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
McCoy mounts backed for final day success
PUNTERS have faith in Tony McCoy's ability to bring the curtain down on his record-breaking career with a winner, with both of his rides at Sandown supported on Saturday morning.
Sandown is expecting a record crowd for bet365 Gold Cup day, with the crowning of McCoy for the 20th and final time an even greater draw than the racing but the champ is expected to go out with a bang.
Both his mounts were pushed out to 5-1 on Saturday morning, but Mr Mole is now a general 7-2 chance for the Grade 1 bet365 AP McCoy Celebration Chase, while his final ride, the fittingly named Box Office, is as short as 5-2 favourite.
The capacity crowd of 18,000 will raise the roof if McCoy can lift either home and Andrew Cooper, clerk of the course at Sandown, said: "It is fitting that we will be hosting a sell-out crowd on such a momentous sporting occasion.
"AP has given both racing and Sandown a plethora of fantastic memories and we're honoured to have him here today. It's set to be a huge day in sporting history and we are delighted that so many fans will be here to celebrate his remarkable career and to wish him all the best for his retirement."
Read our rolling news story on Tony McCoy's final day in the saddle