The race has been renamed in his honour with the permission of the Henderson family (usually known as the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual) which is a lovely touch.
As you would expect McCoy's mount Ned Buntline is now the 4-1 favourite as people put an emotional bet on him winning. It really would bring the house down like never before. From a cool-headed and unemotional betting perspective that bet must rank as the worst bet of the week in terms of value so I can't tip it but if you are an old romantic (or even a new romantic) then feel free to have a wee something on it.
The good news is that the short price of the favourite leaves us with loads of value elsewhere to take advantage of.
5.15 – AP McCoy Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup
– 2 miles
– Named in honour this year of the retiring Tony McCoy
Main Selection: Chris Pea Green
I have followed this lad over a cliff for the last two or three years and I'm not planning to stop today. He has a touch of class that I think has yet to be fully exposed over fences. Hopefully the Moores have him in good shape for today. The softer ground won't be a problem for him if the rain keeps up.
Each Way Selection: Next Sensation
Some good form in the book and has recently had a wind operation the benefit of which cannot be underestimated as we saw to good effect yesterday with Cole Harden. The Scudamores will be desperate for a win this week and it looks like he has been targeted at this race. Good value I reckon.
Chris Pea Green – 2 points each way at 22/1 with Totesport
Next Sensation – 2 points each way at 11/1 with Totesport
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