ICONIC driver Sir Anthony Peter McCoy is the second most decorated racer to ever grace the sport in Great Britain and Ireland.
The Northern Irishman has a record 4,358 winners and is a championship racer, each year he competes as a professional.
That earned him a knighthood in January 2016, having devoted his life to equestrianism.
This is his life and journey and what he is doing now…
Who is AP McCoy?
AP McCoy was born in Moneyglass, County Antrim, one of the six former counties and two that make up Northern Ireland.
The legendary racer has two children named Eve and Archie, with his longtime wife Chanelle McCoy
Tony is considerably taller than most racers – standing at 5″ 10, which means he has to maintain the right racing weight.
McCoy is an avid Arsenal fan and is friends with Gunners legend Ray Parlor, who contributed to the naming of the successful racehorse, The Romford Pele.
He took his first career win in a flat race at the Thurles circuit in Ireland at the age of 17, but McCoy broke his leg shortly after, and his recovery time has seen. he achieved a growth spurt, forcing McCoy to convert to becoming a jump jumper.
In 1994, this ornately decorated jockey claimed his first jump win, and by the end of the decade, McCoy had set a new National Hunt record for a single-season winner (253), joining Martin Pipe in 1997.
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Since then, McCoy has gone on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, King George VI Chase and Grand National.
But one of his most cherished achievements, was when Tony earned his 4,000th career win, riding a Mountain Tunes coached by Jonjo O’Neill during the Weatherbys Novices Battle of the Hurdle at Towcester.
In 2010, McCoy was named Sports Personality of the Year by the BBC, becoming the first equestrian to win the award and three years later he won the RTE Sports Personality of the Year.
What does he do now?
Since AP McCoy’s retirement in 2015, he has been on BBC Radio 5 Live’s equestrian expert panel before moving on to ITV in 2017.
As for his wife, Chanelle McCoy, she was announced as the new dragon in RTE’s Dragons Den that same year.
In 2020, Tony says he’ll be happier if he’s still riding and admits that giving up the sport is a bitter pill to swallow.
“The Sunday or Monday after you retire, you’re putting your racing gear in the loft and you’re looking at it with the ‘that’s it’ thought,” McCoy said.
“That march – the past six weeks, probably annoying most people – really helped me.
“Like a heroin addict, you need a period of rehab.
“Am I happier than I’ve been in my life? No, I would really be if I were 28 years old again and tried to break Sir Gordon Richards’ record.”
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