Darley - McCoy deserves National recognition
Published 12/04/2010 | 13:58
The Professional Jockeys Association would like to see Tony McCoy shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on the back of his famous victory in the John Smith's Grand National.
The soon-to-be 15-times champion jockey finally added the Aintree feature to his list of big-race triumphs on his bulging CV by steering home Don't Push It on Saturday.
And in a glowing tribute to McCoy, who is a director and a joint president, the PJA's chief executive Kevin Darley said: "AP is a wonderful ambassador for our sport, and we are lucky to have him.
"Hopefully, we can now look forward to him making the shortlist for the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year - then the whole nation would get a chance to show their appreciation of his talents and achievements as a sportsman.
"AP has re-written the record books during his career in the saddle, but a singular omission in his own mind was a victory in the Grand National.
"No one watching the aftermath of the race could have failed to have been moved by how much the win meant to AP.
"It wasn't just those who had backed Don't Push It who were happy with the result, everyone recognised the sense of personal achievement for one of racing's greatest ever jockeys.
"On behalf of all your colleagues and the PJA team: Well done Champ."
McCoy is now a top-priced 5-1 to win the BBC award after being 100-1 before his National victory.