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Jockey AP McCoy to retire at the end of the season

AP McCoy has ridden over four thousand winners. Credit: PA

Jockey Tony McCoy today announced he is to retire from racing at the end of the season.

Just minutes after Mr Mole gave McCoy his 200th winner of the season as Sire De Grugy unseated three out in an incident-packed Betfair Price Rush Chase at Newbury, the champion jockey told Channel 4 Racing of his intention to stop riding.

Not seen since following up his Champion Chase success at Sandown last April, the Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy was sent off at odds-on but made a bad mistake four from home before parting company with Jamie Moore at the next.

That left a simple task for Mr Mole, who will test his credentials at the top level in the two-mile championship next month.

All that was overshadowed, however, when McCoy revealed his retirement plan.

"It's going to be the last time I ride 200 winners," he said.

"Having spoken to Dave (Roberts, agent) and JP McManus, I am going to be retiring at the end of the season."

McCoy said: "I want to go out at the top, I want to go out as champion jockey and it will be my 20th year if I can win the jockeys' championship."

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Irish jockey banned after failing drugs test

Grant failed a drugs test at the Curragh on March 23. Credit: PA

Irish Flat jockey Danny Grant has been suspended for six months after he failed a drugs test at the Curragh on March 23.

Grant was officially handed a two-year riding ban by the Irish Turf Club, but the last 18 months of the disqualification period was suspended under the assumption he does not fail another test.

He must also remain available for further drugs testing during the entirety of the suspension.

Grant tested positive for metabolites of cocaine at the Curragh on the first day of the Flat turf season in Ireland.

Two horses die at prestigious Melbourne Cup

Two horses have died following the Melbourne Cup in Australia, including the favourite Admire Rakti.

The Japanese horse finished last in the race - won by Protectionist - and died soon afterwards.

Admire Rakti was carrying the top weight of 58.5kg and visibly tired. Once he return to his stalls he looked clearly agitated and soon his team had covered his stall with a protective screen.

Admire Rakti died after coming in last. Credit: Reuters

It was also confirmed that Araldo had been put down after suffering a fracture to his leg.

"It is with sadness that we confirm Araldo has had to be humanely euthanised as a result of the injury it suffered in a freak accident following the Emirates Melbourne Cup," said Dr Brian Stewart, RV Head of Veterinary & Equine Welfare,

"The owners made the decision to humanely euthanise Araldo in the best interests of the horse."

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