Turf Talk: Shutthefrontdoor ponders Aintree return without McCoy

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Shutthefrontdoor, Tony McCoy’s 20th and final ride in the Crabbie’s Grand National, could go back for more next year with a different jockey aboard.

Sent off the 6-1 favourite, Shutthefrontdoor had every chance but his bid for glory flattened out in the closing stages and he faded into fifth place behind Many Clouds.

Shutthefrontdoor, trained by Jonjo O’Neill and owned by McCoy’s boss, JP McManus, who gave him his one National triumph with Don’t Push It in 2010, will now go on his summer break before starting afresh next term.

“Shutthefrontdoor has come out of the race very well,” said McManus’ racing manager, Frank Berry.

“He’s run a blinder, jumped great. He got a great ride and everything went well, but he just didn’t get home.

“That’s it for the season for him now. We will try again next year, but I wouldn’t make any excuse for him on Saturday.”

McCoy said: “I got a great ride off him. He jumped fantastic and I wouldn’t mind riding him next year!

“I’m going to miss riding horses like that and in races like that. I got a great buzz out of it and I thought for a long way he could win.”

Though McCoy has failed to add an Irish or an Aintree National to his tally this season, he might get the chance to give racing fans north of the border something to cherish with victory in the Coral Scottish Grand National at the weekend.

McManus currently has three entries – Cantlow, Cause Of Causes and If In Doubt.

Already assured of a 20th successive title, McCoy has taken a short break from the saddle.

He could return to action on Tuesday at either Exeter or Carlisle ahead of the two-day midweek meeting at Cheltenham, as the countdown continues to McCoy’s final farewell on the last day of the season at Sandown on April 25.