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Friday 18 April 2014

I’ll take a scissors to AP’s licence if he aims for 5,000 winners, says McCoy’s wife

Tony McCoy with his daughter Eve, young son Archie and his wife Chanelle after notching his 4,000th win at Towcester.
Tony McCoy with his daughter Eve, young son Archie and his wife Chanelle after notching his 4,000th win at Towcester.

CHAMPION jockey Tony McCoy has been warned by his wife not to bother aiming for 5,000 winners after she threatened to take a scissors to his licence.

The 39-year-old Irishman, the most successful jump jockey of all time after he reached a total of 4,000 winners  yesterday, insisted today he had no immediate retirement plans as talk turned to the possibility of him targeting another 1,000 wins.

"I'm not sure what will happen and as a jump jockey you take it day by day, and take it as you find it," he said.

"But I know it's a sport that is very physically and mentally demanding and to enjoy it, you need to be successful and as long as I continue to be successful, who knows?" he added.

But wife Chanelle has warned her husband that he’s kidding himself.

"I would quite confidently say that 5,000 is unattainable and he knows that himself," she said.

"The thought of him riding until he is 44 or 45, no. I will personally take his licence and get the scissors at it because I wouldn't like to see him going at it until he's 45, purely from a safety point of view."

McCoy has had his fair share of falls since his first win in 1992.

Champion jockey for the past 18 seasons, he has broken middle and lower vertebrae, both shoulder blades, both collar bones, ribs, ankles, cheekbones, wrist and leg.

"He's had a great career. I would love him to stop after this year," said father Peadar. "The only thing is he might be tempted in trying to make it 20 titles."

McCoy's next ride is at Southwell later today.

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