AP McCoy has retired, so who will take his crown?
In 2015 we saw the retirement of legend AP McCoy after thousands of winners in National Hunt racing. He will be sorely missed, but there are still plenty of talented jockeys who are vying to replace the greatest there’s ever been. If anyone deserves a jockey’s title or two, then look no further than Richard Johnson.
Jumps racing evolves around a few huge meetings over the winter and spring months with Cheltenham being the main focus for both Irish and English trainers. Last year Willie Mullins dominated the festival and will be hoping for the same form come March this year.
Cheltenham festival is quickly followed by the Grand National which is when every man and his dog will place a bet on one of the 40 horses over a stamina sapping four mile course of Aintree. It’s the race that all trainers and jockeys alike want on their CV, so don’t miss our amazing tipsters previews on all the big races over the year.
The Flat season is made up of The Classics, five long standing Group 1 races that are restricted to three year olds who are at the top of their age group. Victory in three of these is known as the triple crown, a rare feat for any racehorse.
The first of the Classics kicks off at Newmarket with the 1000 & 2000 Guineas, the former restricted to only filly’s whereas the 2000 is for both sexes for top class colts. Next up we head to Epsom in June for the Derby and the Oaks. The Derby is once again for both sexes but is mainly competed for by the males. The Oaks is for filly’s only with both races run over 1 mile and 4 furlongs around Tattenham Corner. Finally it’s the St Leger at Doncaster held over the longer distance of 1 mile 6 furlongs and is open to both sexes. All races come with huge prize money and prestige.
There are plenty of other group races during the year and these are backed up by listed and handicap races where UK racing is at it’s best. Jockeys to watch out for are the ever youthful Frankie Dettori who will no doubt ride some of the bigger winners during the year, and also Jamie Spencer and Ryan Moore who are retainers for some of the biggest yards.
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