Last chance to catch real McCoy

Tony McCoy with Mr Mole after winning The Betfair Price Rush Steeple Chase Race
Tony McCoy with Mr Mole after winning The Betfair Price Rush Steeple Chase Race

Champion jump jockey AP McCoy is set to ride at Haydock Park tomorrow (Saturday, February 14).

The 19-time champ, widely regarded as the greatest jockey of all time, recently announced his intention to retire at the end of the season.

In the last five seasons McCoy has notched up a 19 per cent strike-rate at the track and is set to partner two horses tomorrow.

McCoy announced his retirement from a sport he has dominated for two decades live on Channel 4 Racing after riding his 200th winner of the season - the ninth time that he has ridden a double century in a season during his remarkable career.

McCoy said: “This is without a doubt, the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. I’ve been dreading this day, and if I’m honest, I still can’t quite imagine a life without racing.

“However, I know it’s the right time to end a career I’ve loved, every single day. Even when I’ve fallen and been injured, I’ve been desperate to get back and achieve my goals, achieve the dream I realised when I was a boy but I’m now ready to retire.

“I want to go out at top, I want to go out as champion jockey and it will be my 20th year if I can win the jockeys’ championship. I want to go out while I still enjoy riding and am still relatively at the top.”

There are just two and a half months of AP McCoy’s astonishing racing career left before he hangs up his boots for good at Sandown Park on April 25.

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