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Champion jockey AP McCoy tipped for knighthood in UK

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Published 27/12/2015 | 10:45

Tony McCoy before riding Gannicus to victory in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes during day one of the 2015 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse, Doncaster
Tony McCoy before riding Gannicus to victory in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes during day one of the 2015 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse, Doncaster

Champion jockey AP McCoy is tipped to be awarded a knighthood at the New Year's Honours next week, according to reports.

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McCoy, 41, is a bookies' favourite to land the accolade and a friend has fuelled further speculation by paying tribute to his achievements.

Tony McCoy gets a jockey-back from Graeme McDowell at the Pro-Am for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships
Tony McCoy gets a jockey-back from Graeme McDowell at the Pro-Am for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships
Anthony Peter (AP) McCoy and wife Chanelle McCoy arriving at the Being AP gala screening at Millbank Tower, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 23, 2015. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Anthony Peter (AP) McCoy, wife Chanelle McCoy and Director Anthony Wonke (centre) at the Being AP gala screening at Millbank Tower, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 23, 2015. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: AP McCoy of Northern Ireland the former National Hunt Champion Jockey in action during final practice for the 2015 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns Golf Links on September 30, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The friend told the Mirror: "He has made an incredible contribution to racing and delighted millions."

They added: "It is only right that he should be knighted."

The 20-time champion, who retired earlier this year, was last week presented with a lifetime achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony.

Throughout his two-decade career, he rode 4,300 winners including at the Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Zara Phillips and Anthony Peter (AP) McCoy at the Being AP gala screening at Millbank Tower, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 23, 2015. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Zara Phillips and Anthony Peter (AP) McCoy at the Being AP gala screening at Millbank Tower, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 23, 2015. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Zara Phillips and Anthony Peter (AP) McCoy at the Being AP gala screening at Millbank Tower, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 23, 2015. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Legendary Irish sporting figures AP McCoy, Barry McGuigan, Sonia O'Sullivan, Henry Shefflin and Niall Quinn at the Irish rugby team hotel last night.

Accepting his most recent award, he said: "To any young people watching tonight's show - all that I can say is make the sacrifices because it is worth it."

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