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THE REAL McCoy; Bookies cough up pounds 10m after jockey lands elusive win.

Byline: MARK McGIVERN

PUNTERS stung the bookies for pounds 10million yesterday after champion jockey Tony McCoy landed a huge gamble in the Grand National.

The result was the best in many years for racing fans as McCoy won the blue riband race at the 15th time of trying on Don't Push It.

The victory was put down to an Irish dream team of McCoy, legendary punter and owner JP McManus and jump racing hero Jonjo O'Neill, who trained the horse.

In one of the biggest National gambles in history, a huge rush of bets saw Don't Push It's price of 20/1 cut in half in one frantic hour.

William Hill spokesman David Hood said: "The payouts will continue long into the night."

Immediately after the Aintree race, a tearful McCoy revealed that the toss of a coin decided his fate.

He said: "My trainer put me on the right one if truth be known. I asked him to toss a coin and I think he tossed it until he got Don't Push It."

Housewives' favourite McCoy, who has been the champion jump jockey 14 times, earlier admitted he would look on himself as a failure if his career record didn't feature a National win.

on ade WAGs par COLEEN Rooney the congratulates winner of the Style 2010 Fairclough, prize, Sophie right. She was joined by fellow at Aintree WAG Alex Gerrard, far right.

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Dream team: From left, Jonjo O'Neill, JP McManus and Tony McCoy
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 11, 2010
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