Wednesday 23 August 2017

'I have no regrets whatsoever' - AP McCoy happy with retirement decision

NEWBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: AP McCoy attends the 60th Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury Racecourse on November 26, 2016 in Newbury, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
NEWBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: AP McCoy attends the 60th Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury Racecourse on November 26, 2016 in Newbury, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

AP McCoy has said he's relieved to be watching the action at Punchestown this year and has "no regrets" about retiring.

The Antrim man retired from racing in April 2015 and doesn't find it too difficult to be a spectator this year.

"I'm OK. I don't think, 'Oh I wish I was a jockey'. I had my time and I enjoyed it. I have no regrets whatsoever and I don't know if every sportsperson would say the same," he told Independent.ie.

The legendary jockey will be attending all four days of the Kildare festival this year and plans on taking it easy for the next while.

"I'm here for the week. I'm not sure I've ever done a days work in my life to be honest and I'm not going to start now," he said.

AP believes there's something special about Punchestown as it's the last major jump festival of the year.

"This year they are very lucky. A lot of the best horses come here, you see the horses that won at Aintree. There's good clashes before th horses go out for the summer. It's nice for the people of Ireland to get to see the horses that won at Cheltenham. It's the last big jump day of the year," he said.

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