Sir Tony McCoy OBE – Jockey Profiles
Anthony Peter McCoy, more commonly known as AP McCoy and Tony McCoy is one of the greatest jockeys to have ever lived. He was born on the 4th May 1974 in Moneyglass, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
McCoy was only 17 when he had his first win which was at Thurles racecourse in Ireland in March of 1992. This was in a flat race but he soon moved to become a jump jockey after he suffered a nasty leg break and through the recovery from that he continued to grow.
By 1994 he had started riding in England where he won the conditional jump jockey title and a year later he laid claim to his first champion jockey title. He went on to win the title of champion jockey every year of his career after that. This amounts to 19 champion jockey titles which far surpasses any other jockey ever. The closest rider on the list of number of champion jockey titles won only has 7 titles to their name, meaning McCoy is way out in front by a margin of 12 titles.
Not long after, the young McCoy was creating waves in the world of horse racing and was spotted by one of the top trainers in the sport, Martin Pipe. They joined forces and quickly started to dominate the sport. By the year 2000 he had broken many records including the National Hunts record for most wins in a single season and enjoyed 5 wins in the 1998 Cheltenham Festival which equalled the current record.
In 2001 he became the fastest jockey to ever reach the 100 wins mark. But according to McCoy himself his greatest achievement throughout his entire career was beating Sir Gordon Richards’ record of most wins in a season. This was a record of 296 winners in a single season and had stood since 1947.
Throughout his career McCoy has amassed an incredible 4192 wins. Some of these wins included many famous races such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup, King George VI chase and the Grand National.
In 2010 he was awarded the honour of BBC Sports personality of the year, becoming the first jockey to ever win the award. This coincided with the first time he had won the Grand National after 15 attempts. He beat off competition from the respect darts player Phil Taylor who finished second in the vote.