Mid Ulster bookies bracing themselves for Tony McCoy bets in his final Grand National

Bookmakers across Mid Ulster are bracing themselves for a huge influx of bets for Tony McCoy in his final Grand National today.

AP McCoy
AP McCoy
AP McCoy

The Moneyglass man will ride the race favourite Shutthefrontdoor in the showcase event at Aintree.

The 19-time champion, from Northern Ireland, will retire if he wins on a record 20th appearance in the race.

Punters are predicted to back his horse, trained by Jonjo O’Neill, so he becomes the shortest-priced National favourite since Red Rum 40 years ago.

One local bookmaker in Magherafelt told the Mail: “We have already had a huge number of bets on McCoy, and come race day, we expecting a lot more.

“There are people who bet on McCoy each year regardless of which horse he is racing, as he is a local lad, so we’re expecting a lot more bets on Saturday.”

According to the BBC, bookmakers are fearing a £50m loss if the legendary jockey wins the race.

Shutthefrontdoor is expected to start the race at a price of around 8-1.