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Race named after Tony McCoy at Cheltenham Festival

The final race of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival is named after 19-time champion jockey Tony McCoy, who will retire at the end of the season.

Tony McCoy has admitted that he is "honoured" to have had a race named after him at this year's Cheltenham Festival.

The final race of the event on March 13 has been renamed 'The AP McCoy Grand Annual Handicap Chase' in tribute to the 19-time champion jockey, who has revealed that he will retire at the end of the season.

The 40-year-old is quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "I am honoured that Cheltenham has decided to have the last race of the festival in my name.

"It is a privilege and I would also like to thank the Henderson family for sharing the title for this year."

McCoy has previously insisted that he doesn't envisage bringing the curtain down on his glittering career during the festival.

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