Sunday 23 April 2017

McCoy immortalised with bronze statue

Jockey Tony McCoy, wife Chanelle and family Archie (3) and Eve (9) with sculptor Paul Ferriter with the parade ring statue Photo: Damien Eagers
Jockey Tony McCoy, wife Chanelle and family Archie (3) and Eve (9) with sculptor Paul Ferriter with the parade ring statue Photo: Damien Eagers

Sean O'Grady

It was a family affair for legendary jockey AP McCoy as a bronze statue was unveiled at Cheltenham in his honour.

The Co Antrim superstar was joined by wife Chanelle and children Archie (3) and Eve (9) as the statue was officially revealed ahead of the opening day's racing. The bronze likeness is located just below the parade ring and opposite the statue of Gold Cup hero Best Mate.

"Some have said it has a better personality than I have," McCoy joked after removing the JP McManus colours that covered the creation of Dublin sculptor Paul Ferriter.

"Unfortunately, it looks exactly like me."

Chanelle looked proud as punch at the ceremony and she hopes her children will keep coming back to the Cotswolds as they grow up.

"It's incredible. I was trying to explain to the kids last night that, apart from the Queen Mother, there is no other human statue in Cheltenham," she said.

"If you think of how long Cheltenham has been here and all of the amazing people that have gone before AP, we are so proud as a family.

"The kids will be coming here for the rest of their lives and they will see that, and that's why it was really special for us to have the kids here.

"We wanted them to be part of that unveiling. Eve is nine so she will definitely remember this."

Chanelle also said she chose her outfit for Ladies' Day weeks in advance and will enjoy a girly day out with Zara Phillips and friends.

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