JP buys 4,000 drinks to toast real McCoy
JOCKEY Tony McCoy revealed that having his family watching as he rode into the history books with an epic 4,000th winner made it one of the best days of his life.
The 39-year-old multiple champion, nicknamed the 'Ironman' for his numerous injuries, admitted he was humbled by the ecstatic reaction of the crowds at Towcester in Northamptonshire as he flashed past the post in the famous green and gold silks of businessman JP McManus.
Limerick businessman Mr McManus admitted he was "choked" that the jockey had made history in his silks.
And he was swiftly facing a hefty bar bill, estimated to be tens of thousands of euro, after he offered to buy a celebratory drink for some 4,000 racegoers at the Northamptonshire course.
"I could never have ridden 4,000 winners without loving my job and if I ever get to the point where I'm not loving it, I'll stop," said the Antrim-born father who celebrated with Eve (6) and baby Archie in his arms.
"But, at this rate, someone might have to tell me when to stop."
He said the race might not have been the "biggest, richest or best" but it was fantastic to reach the historic milestone riding Mountain Tunes, a horse owned by his longtime supporter Mr McManus.
His wife, Galway woman Chanelle McCoy, admitted their "hearts were in their mouths" as the family, including the jockey's father, Peadar, and brother, Colm, anxiously watched the race.