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Tribute to AP McCoy at Newton Abbot Racecourse

Newton Abbot Racecourse has commissioned a bronze sculpture of jockey AP McCoy to recognise his achievements and contribution to the sport.

The sculpture will be unveiled before the start of the first race today and will go on show in the weighing room at the racecourse.

AP McCoy OBE Credit: Press Association Images

"McCoy provides such excitement at every fixture he attends here at Newton Abbot and we know it's the same at racecourses across the country. He's become synonymous with horseracing and is an example of the determination to succeed in the sport.

We're thrilled to be able to unveil this at our final fixture and recognise McCoy's achievements."

– Patrick Masterson, Managing Director at Newton Abbot Racecourse

The bronze sculpture was created by William Newton, a sculptor based in Wincanton. The unveiling will mark the end of the 2014 racing season at Newton Abbot Racecourse.

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Parade for Grand National winner

Neptune Collonges is led through the village of Ditcheat Credit: ITV Westcountry

Grand national winner Neptune Collonges has been given a victory parade through the Somerset village where he is stabled. Head lad Clifford Baker is pictured (front left) leading the horse through Ditcheat.

Neptune gave trainer Paul Nicholls his first-ever Grand National victory after entering 53 runners over the years.

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Gold Cup winner Synchronised returns to the yard

Gold Cup winner Synchronised returns to the yard at Temple Guiting Credit: ITV West

Synchronised, has been given a hero's return in Temple Guiting, after winning the big race at yesterday's Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Jonjo O'Neill, Synchronised's trainer, said:

"It's brilliant for everyone. It's magic. This is a big team effort and everybody was involved."

Synchronised gets hero's return after Gold Cup win

Synchronised won the Cheltenham Gold Cup Credit: PA

Synchronised, will get a hero's return to Temple Guiting in Gloucestershire after yesterday's triumph at Cheltenham.

The 8-1 shot ridden by Tony McCoy, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup as two-time victor Kauto Star was pulled up in the early stages.

Jonjo O'Neill, who is based at Jackdaws Castle in Temple Guiting, is celebrating his first Gold Cup win as a trainer. He said:

"He flowered in the last few days and it was spot-on timing. It's fantastic to win it as a trainer."

Kauto trainer says horse 'fine'

Somerset-based trainer Paul Nicholls said Kauto Star, whose participation in the Gold Cup was in jeopardy following a schooling fall a fortnight ago, had returned from the race unscathed.

He said: "He's absolutely fine.

"Ruby wasn't happy after he'd jumped a couple of fences and we said if he wasn't happy to pull him up, and he's done the right thing.

"There's obviously something tweaking him."

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