Thursday 19 October 2017

The great Tony McCoy to be immortalised in his spiritual home

A view of a message displayed after Tony McCoy won the Ryanair Chase on Uxizandre. Cheltenham Racing Festival 2015, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, England. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
A view of a message displayed after Tony McCoy won the Ryanair Chase on Uxizandre. Cheltenham Racing Festival 2015, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, England. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
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Legendary jockey AP McCoy is to be immortalised at his spiritual home.

The "real McCoy" will be in attendance when a life-sized bronze version of himself is unveiled on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival next month.

The statute of Tony McCoy, which will be unveiled next month at Cheltenham, the scene of some of the jockey’s greatest triumphs down the years. He rode more than 4,300 winners in his illustrious racing career
The statute of Tony McCoy, which will be unveiled next month at Cheltenham, the scene of some of the jockey’s greatest triumphs down the years. He rode more than 4,300 winners in his illustrious racing career

"I thought most people got a statue when they were dead. I guess it will give the birds somewhere to sit," joked the retired jockey from Moneyglass, Co Antrim.

Regarded as the most successful jockey of all time after riding more than 4,300 winners since he began his career in 1992, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth last summer for his huge contribution to horse racing.

The bronze statue by Dublin-based sculptor Paul Ferriter will sit at the Best Mate Plaza at the north entrance to the racecourse.

Irish Independent

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