AP McCoy is the greatest jump jockey of all time. Trampling all over previous records and leaving other greats in his wake, he has ridden an incredible 4,000 winners, including; the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, King George V1 Chase, and the 2010 Grand National.
McCoy rode his first winner at the age of 17 and success in Ireland soon led to a move across the Irish Sea, and he began riding in England in 1994.
McCoy has broken numerous records since he was granted a British licence, his first win in England coming at Exeter on 7 September 1994. He was soon off to a flying start by claiming a record 74 winners, and thus the conditional jockey championship, in the 1994-95 season. The following season he became champion jockey for the first time. By the end of the decade he had set a new National Hunt record for winners in a season (253), equalled the record of five winners at the 1998 Cheltenham Festival, and became the fastest jockey to reach the 1000 winner mark.
McCoy soon achieved a new high of 289 winners, and on 27 August 2002, at Uttoxeter, his victory on ‘Mighty Mantefalco’ meant he had surpassed Richard Dunwoody’s record of all time jumps winners and was now the leading jumps rider of all time.
He finally won the Grand National at the fifteenth attempt, on 10 April 2010 aboard Don’t Push It, trained by Jonjo O’Neill and owned by J. P. McManus. In 2012, AP won his second Cheltenham Gold Cup on the Jonjo O’Neill trained and JP McManus owned Synchronised-15 years after his first on Mr Mulligan.
McCoy was awarded the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, beating darts player Phil Taylor and heptathlete Jessica Ennis into second and third place respectively. Winning the 2010 Grand National at his 15th attempt riding the Jonjo O’Neill trained Don’t Push It was a contributing factor to his win.
McCoy was appointed MBE in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours and OBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours for his services to horse racing.
What he offers
The 17 times Champion jockey and BBC’s SportsPersonality of the Year, has a weekly racing slot on ‘Talk SPORT’, is a regular contributor on Channel 4 Racing, ‘The Morning Line’, BBC TV and BBC Radio 5 Live. AP writes a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph and has appeared on TV shows, ESPN and Setanta Sport.
AP enjoys after-dinner speaking and his Q&A sessions are often lively affairs as his experience and humour endears him to any audience.
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