Tony McCoy
NI jockey
Tony McCoy
Anthony Peter McCoy OBE, commonly known as A. P. McCoy or Tony McCoy, is a Northern Irish horse racing jockey who is based in England. McCoy recorded his first win in 1992 at just 17 years of age. McCoy has now ridden over 3,600 winners, more than any other jump jockey by a considerable margin. McCoy has ridden nearly 2,000 more winners than now retired jockey Richard Dunwoody who claimed 1,699 winners during his career.
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Tearful Tony McCoy denied victories in final races of career
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
ESHER, England (AP) — Surrounded by an 18,000-capacity crowd at Sandown Park racecourse, Tony McCoy pulled down his goggles to mask the tears.
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McCoy preparing for final bow
Independent - almost 2 years
Tony McCoy is trying to prepare himself for the inevitable void that he will have to fill when he brings his astonishing career to an end with two rides at Sandown on Saturday.
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McCoy has mole in final grade 1
Herald - Ireland - almost 2 years
Tony McCoy’s final ride in a Grade One race will come on Mr Mole in the bet365 Celebration Chase at Sandown on Saturday, for which seven runners, including Sprinter Sacre, were declared.
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Tony McCoy set to partner Mr Mole on his last hurrah in Sandown
Independent - almost 2 years
Tony McCoy looks set to partner Mr Mole in the race named in his honour on the final day of the season at Sandown on Saturday week.
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In the bag... it was a Good Friday for some spring cleaning
Independent - almost 2 years
LIMERICK claims to be the tidiest county in Ireland today after rugby hero Paul O'Connell and racing legend Tony McCoy rolled up their sleeves for a massive spring clean.
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Retiring McCoy wins a day after unveiling quit decision
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Legendary jump jockey Tony McCoy made it clear there would be no winding down to retirement by winning twice in Ireland on Sunday. Just a little over 24 hours after announcing his intention to quit the saddle at the end of the season, McCoy had another day to remember at Dublin's Leopardstown course. McCoy, who has ridden a record-breaking total of more than 4,000 winners over the fences, took the Hennessy Gold Cup aboard Carlingford Lough, owned by JP McManus -- one of the Northern Irish jockey's staunchest supporters. Every day I've been on this horse he's produced the goods," the 40-year-old added after riding Carlingford Lough to victory by three-quarters of a length.
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New invisibility cloak designed by researchers at University of Texas - Belfast Telegraph
Google News - over 3 years
Belfast Telegraph New invisibility cloak designed by researchers at University of Texas Belfast Telegraph A new type of “active” invisibility cloak that could operate over a broad range of frequencies has been developed by researchers at the University of Texas in Austin. Victory smile: Tony McCoy with wife Chanelle, daughter Eve and son Archie after his ... and more »
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McCoy to ride on as wife sharpens her scissors
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Champion jockey Tony McCoy will have to reckon with his wife, and hide her scissors, if he is seriously thinking about riding 5,000 winners after taking his career tally to an astonishing 4,000 on Thursday. "He's had a great career.
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McCoy joy after Irishman rides 4,000th winner
Reuters.com - over 3 years
LONDON (Reuters) - With a stirring finish that epitomized his iron will, strength and ability to galvanize a tired horse, Tony McCoy, the most successful jump jockey of all time, rode his 4,000th winner on Thursday, a milestone unlikely to be matched.
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McCoy on brink of 4,000 winners
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Tony McCoy could make history on Tuesday by becoming the first jockey to ride 4,000 career winners over fences in Britain and Ireland. The Northern Irishman, Britain's champion jockey over fences for a record-breaking 18 consecutive seasons, needs just two winners from three rides at Exeter, south-west England, to hit the 4,000 mark. When Stan Mellor became the first jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners in 1971, his feat was considered astounding. Yet Mellor's record was subsequently broken by John Francome (1138 wins), Peter Scudamore (1678) and Richard Dunwoody (1,699).
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AP McCoy fans see double at Fontwell Park
Bognor Regis Observer - over 3 years
What’s better than having Tony McCoy at your race meeting? Having two, of course.
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Horses For Courses: Moore ready to win back crown
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 5 years
Guineas weekend is upon us with the Flat season now well and truly in full swing. The champion jockeys race is gradually starting to take shape and is this the year when Ryan Moore finally lands his fourth title? The signs, so far, are yes. Saying “finally” could be perceived as being a bit harsh for it is only three years since Moore was last crowned champion jockey in 2009. His 174 winners chalked up that season made it back-to-back championships and it was his third in four years with his first title coming in 2006. In between Seb Sanders and Jamie Spencer shared the title after an epic battle in 2007 but when Moore regained the crown the following year and defended it successfully in 2009, the general consensus was that we were looking at a Flat jockeys’ Tony McCoy and a forthcoming spell of dominance. That hasn’t proved the case due to two main factors – injury and a certain Paul Hanagan – but the early signs are that Moore is now ready to regain his crown. Leader At the s ...
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Horse racing: National deaths ‘unavoidable’
Scotsman - almost 5 years
The British Horseracing Authority’s review of the 2012 Grand National found the circumstances which led to the deaths of Synchronised and According To Pete could have been neither “foreseen nor prevented”. The report confirmed that Synchronised, who unshipped Tony McCoy on the way to the start, was given a full veterinary examination before he was allowed to line up, and had a heartbeat that registered “barely above a normal resting rate”. But having fallen at Becher’s Brook on the first circuit he ran riderless until falling again at the 11th fence, where it appeared he fractured his right-hind tibia and fibula. According To Pete was brought down by a faller at Becher’s on the second circuit but was jumped into by another horse as he got up. The BHA said it was unclear which incident led to the fracture of the horse’s left-fore humerus. Jamie Stier, director of raceday operations and regulation for the BHA, said: “The review into how the two sad fatalities came to occur was conduc ...
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McCoy still mourning tragic loss of Synchronised
JOE - almost 5 years
Jockey Tony McCoy has admitted that a week after the Grand National, he still finds the tragic death of Synchronised hard to take.
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Horses For Courses: Time for change at the Grand National
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 5 years
UNLESS you had some sort of connection with Neptune Collonges, it couldn’t have been much worse. And even as a diehard racing fanatic two things need to change after this year’s Grand National – the drop at Becher’s and the size of the field. What’s more, at least one of the two lives should have been saved as Synchronised definitely should not have run. Those of us who live and breathe racing are fully aware that equine fatalities are a sad but rare feature of the sport and it was only last month we were ruing the loss of some of our old favourites at the Cheltenham Festival. But the fact is, with the recent whip debate still fresh in the public eye, racing needed any bad publicity at the National like a hole in the head yet we got a double whammy. More to the point, connections of According To Pete and Synchronised will have been in bits since. The sad irony of According To Pete’s death is that the quite clearly much-loved animal was the focus of a heart-warming BBC1 feature ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tony McCoy
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 41
    McCoy was knighted in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to horse racing.
    More Details Hide Details Cheltenham Festival (31) Major Nationals Other Notable Races † A British Horse Racing record for most winners ridden in a season by a jockey (flat or jumps), beating Sir Gordon Richards' long-standing record of 269 winners set in 1947
    He was knighted in January 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 40
    His final racecourse appearance was at the Bet365 Gold Cup meeting at Sandown in April 2015.
    More Details Hide Details McCoy is retained by Irish racehorse owner, J. P. McManus and therefore rides all of his horses in Britain and occasionally Ireland. McCoy joined forces with McManus in 2004 after reportedly being offered a £1 million a year retainer. McCoy had previously spent seven years as Martin Pipe's first jockey and many within racing were surprised of his decision to split from the successful Pipe stable. He has won a further 10 jockey titles since their separation. McManus has the majority of his horses in training with ex-jockey Jonjo O'Neill who trains at the state-of-the-art training facility "Jackdaws Castle" in Gloucestershire, which is owned by McManus. McCoy often rides horses trained by Jonjo O'Neill in addition to those owned by McManus. When not required to ride for McManus or O'Neill, McCoy has struck up a number of links with leading national hunt trainers. He rides a number of horses for Welsh-based trainer Rebecca Curtis. He also links up with for powerful trainer Nicky Henderson when his first jockey Barry Geraghty is riding in Ireland. McCoy is most commonly associated with the green and gold hooped silks of McManus.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 39
    McCoy announced live on Channel 4 after his win on Mr Mole in the Game Spirit Chase that he would retire at the end of the 2014/15 NH Season.
    More Details Hide Details It was his 200th win of the season, the ninth occasion on which he had reached that landmark, and he later clarified that it would be his last such achievement.
    McCoy broke his own record for the fastest ever century of winners for a National Hunt season, recording his 100th winner of the 2014/15 campaign on board the John Ferguson trained Arabic History at Newton Abbot Racecourse on 21 August 2014, 116 days into the season.
    More Details Hide Details McCoy's previous record, set during the 2001/2002 season, stood at 100 winners by 4 September, approximately 130 days into the season.
    On 19 July 2014, McCoy reached a significant personal milestone by surpassing the total of 4,191 winners which friend and mentor Martin Pipe achieved as a licensed trainer before retirement in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details McCoy recorded winner number 4,192 by guiding the Jonjo O'Neill trained It's A Gimme to victory in the Betfred Summer Plate Listed Handicap Chase at Market Rasen Racecourse. McCoy enjoyed a long period of success as stable jockey to the 15 time Champion Trainer Martin Pipe.
    McCoy achieved the 50 winner mark for the 2014/15 National Hunt season, which started on 27 April 2014, in just 44 days.
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    On 10 June 2014, McCoy recorded his fastest ever half century of winners for a season after riding the Rebecca Curtis trained Bob Keown to victory at Worcester Racecourse.
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  • 2013
    Age 38
    McCoy's debut novel, Taking the Fall, was published in 2013. and "Winner: My Racing Life" which documents his decision to retire and key moments from his career.
    More Details Hide Details McCoy is an Arsenal fan. The clash between Arsenal fixtures and race meetings means McCoy can only attend a handful of fixtures each season, commonly midweek European and domestic cup fixtures played on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. McCoy is a friend of Arsenal legend Ray Parlour and played a part in the naming of a racehorse The Romford Pele, in reference to Parlour's nickname during his playing days. In October 2013, it was announced that McCoy is to join BBC Radio 5 Live as a racing pundit every Friday evening on the "5 Live Sport" programme hosted by Dan Walker. BBC head of radio sport Richard Burgess said: "This addition means our audiences will get a regular insight from one of the sport's greats."
    At the end of the 2013/14 season, McCoy was crowned Champion jockey for the 19th consecutive time, further extending his record of title wins.
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    McCoy reached the 150 winners landmark for the 2013/2014 season after riding a double at Ffos Las racecourse on 16 December 2013.
    More Details Hide Details This was the 18th time, out of the 20 seasons riding in Britain, he has surpassed 150 winners for a season.
    On 30 November 2013, Tony McCoy had the choice to ride at Newbury, or Newcastle.
    More Details Hide Details McCoy rode My Tent Or Yours to victory in the Grade One Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, which eventually turned out to be a good decision as on the same day, At Fishers Cross flopped in the Long Walk Hurdle at Newbury.
    McCoy sealed his 4000th career win riding the Jonjo O'Neill trained Mountain Tunes, in the colours of owner JP McManus, to a hard fought victory in the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle at Towcester on 7 November 2013.
    More Details Hide Details His mount, Mountain Tunes, looked to have little chance with two hurdles to jump yet McCoy managed to get up in the final strides to beat Kris Spin ridden by Jamie Moore.
    He surpassed the 100 winner mark for the 2013/2014 season after riding a remarkable 5-timer at Carlisle racecourse in October, closely followed by 5 winners over the two-day Aintree October meeting.
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    McCoy made a delayed start to the 2013/2014 National Hunt season after breaking his ribs from a heavy fall on the Nicky Henderson trained Quantitativeeasing in a handicap hurdle at Cheltenham's end of season April meeting.
    More Details Hide Details McCoy, who spent seven nights in hospital, returned to action a month later at Ludlow and immediately opened his account for the season on the JP McManus owned horse Church Field.
  • 2012
    Age 37
    During the 2012 Grand National, McCoy's mount Synchronised fell at Becher's Brook, the sixth fence on the first circuit.
    More Details Hide Details The horse suffered soft-tissue damage, but did not appear to have sustained serious injury. However, Synchronised continued running riderless, until attempting to jump the 11th fence where he fell and incurred a fracture of the tibia and fibula in his right-hind leg, which resulted in him being put down.
    In 2012, McCoy won his second Cheltenham Gold Cup on Synchronised, trained by Jonjo O'Neill and owned by JP McManus, 15 years after his first Gold Cup win on Mr Mulligan.
    More Details Hide Details McCoy's winning ride on Synchronised typified his career as a jockey. Synchronised appeared outpaced during the first half of the extended 3 mile contest, however, Synchronised stayed on powerfully up the famous Cheltenham hill to pass both former winner Long Run and The Giant Bolster to land blue riband event at the Cheltenham Festival.
  • 2010
    Age 35
    In 2010, McCoy won the 'Jump off the Sofa Moment' Award at the Jaguar Academy of Sport Annual Awards ceremony for his Grand National win.
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    McCoy 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.
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    McCoy has won almost every big race there is to win. His most high-profile winners include the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, King George VI Chase and the 2010 Grand National, riding Don't Push It.
    More Details Hide Details He was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2010, becoming the first jockey to win the award, and in December 2013 he was named RTÉ Sports Person of the Year.
  • 2009
    Age 34
    McCoy rode his 3000th winner at Plumpton on the Nicky Henderson trained Restless D'Artaix in the Tyser & Co Beginners' Chase on 9 February 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In spite of wins in the biggest races on the jumps racing calendar, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, and King George VI Chase, it was the Grand National which had eluded McCoy. The nearest he had in the National were three third-place finishes, in 2001, 2002 aboard Martin Pipe's Blowing Wind, and in 2005 on Jonjo O'Neill's 5-1 joint favourite, Clan Royal, who was still traveling well when hampered by a loose horse cost any chance of victory.
  • 2006
    Age 31
    He became the first jump jockey to ride 2,500 winners when getting Kanpai up to score at Huntingdon on 3 October 2006.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 28
    McCoy was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2003 Birthday Honours and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours for his services to horse racing.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2010, McCoy was named Sportsman of the Year at the British Sports Awards in London, voted for by the Sports Journalists' Association.
  • 2002
    Age 27
    He achieved a new high of 289 winners, and on 27 August 2002, at Uttoxeter, his victory on Mighty Montefalco meant he had surpassed Richard Dunwoody's all time jumps record and was now the leading jumps jockey.
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    He beat Richards' record of 269 winners in a season on Valfonic at Warwick on 2 April 2002.
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  • 2001
    Age 26
    He was presented with certificates to mark his record of 289 jump wins in the 2001/2002 season, the most Champion Jump Jockey titles (currently 19) and the most career jump winners, 4022 as of 4 December 2013.
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  • 1998
    Age 23
    By the end of the decade McCoy had set a new National Hunt record for winners in a season (253), equaled the record of five winners at the 1998 Cheltenham Festival, and became the fastest jockey to reach the 100 winner mark in a season in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to beat the long-standing record of Gordon Richards for the total number of winners ridden in a season, which stood since 1947. McCoy has said he counts this as his biggest achievement, despite his multiple Champion Jockey titles and big race victories.
  • 1997
    Age 22
    McCoy joined forces with powerful trainer Martin Pipe in 1997 and between them they proved to be an exceptionally strong partnership which dominated the sport.
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  • 1995
    Age 20
    Champion Jockey: 1995/96, 1996/97, 1997/98, 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015 Champion Conditional Jockey: 1994/95
    More Details Hide Details Lester Awards: McCoy has been honoured with 20 Lester Awards during his riding career to date, the most of any jockey past or present.
    In his first season in England, McCoy served as a conditional jockey for successful trainer Toby Balding, which culminated in winning the Conditional Jump Jockeys Title in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details The following season he became champion jockey for the first time. McCoy had burst on the scene as a result of his first season riding in Britain and soon attracted the attention of leading trainer Martin Pipe and, then, upcoming (and now current Champion Trainer) Paul Nicholls.
    McCoy claimed his first Champion Jockey title in 1995/96 and went on to win it every year until his retirement in 2015.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1994
    Age 19
    His first win in England came at Exeter on 7 September 1994 riding the Gordon Edwards trained Chickabiddy to a length victory.
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    Success in Ireland soon led to a move across the Irish Sea, and he began riding in England in 1994.
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  • 1992
    Age 17
    McCoy rode his first winner of his career on the Jim Bolger trained Legal Steps, in a flat race at Thurles racecourse in Ireland, on 26 March 1992 at the age of 17.
    More Details Hide Details McCoy served as an apprentice at Jim Bolger's stable for the initial part of his career. Whilst riding work for Bolger one morning, McCoy suffered a nasty fall and broke his leg on the gallops. By the time McCoy recovered from his leg break, he had continued to grow taller and as a result it was decided that the best option was to become a jump jockey.
    McCoy recorded his first winner in 1992 at age 17.
    More Details Hide Details On 7 November 2013 he rode his 4,000th winner, riding Mountain Tunes to victory at Towcester. Even in his first season riding in Britain, as an apprentice for trainer Toby Balding, McCoy won the Conditional Jump Jockeys Title with a record 74 winners for a conditional jockey.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Born
    Born on May 4, 1974.
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