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Queen was kept waiting for meeting with AP for almost a year

Jane O'Faherty

Published 07/04/2016 | 02:30

UCD classmates, clockwise from far left, Niamh Dunne, Niamh Reilly, Nicole Gernan, Aoife Crowley, Emma Marry, and Alison O'Dogherty at the races at Leopardstown, Co Dublin Photo: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
UCD classmates, clockwise from far left, Niamh Dunne, Niamh Reilly, Nicole Gernan, Aoife Crowley, Emma Marry, and Alison O'Dogherty at the races at Leopardstown, Co Dublin Photo: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Racing Legend AP McCoy kept Queen Elizabeth waiting for almost a year when he was first awarded an MBE.

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The monarch bestowed the honour on Mr McCoy in 2002, but the champion couldn't make the official ceremony due to his hectic racing schedule.

In an interview with Great British Racing, AP said he was first chosen to receive the title after breaking English jockey Gordon Richards' record of 269 winners in a racing season.

But all the dates AP received for an award ceremony at Buckingham Palace always clashed with racing days. "It went on for 10 months or a year, and in the end they got fed up and said 'We're out of dates'. I never actually went," he added.

The same problem popped up again when he was chosen for an OBE in 2010.

"The first six or seven months, there was racing on all the dates," he said. "I was thinking: 'God, this is going to happen again. They're not going to be happy'."

"Eventually, after about ten months, there was a date when there was no racing," he continued. The 20-time Champion Jockey recalled: "All the Queen said to me was: 'Oh, hello. Nice of you to show up'." When he apologised for the delay, The Queen said: 'I know. I keep an eye'."

AP said he would definitely attend the official ceremony for his recent knighthood soon.

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