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Tony McCoy with his son Archie and wife Chanelle. Photo: PA

Tony McCoy with his son Archie and wife Chanelle. Photo: PA

Tony McCoy with his son Archie and wife Chanelle. Photo: PA

CHAMPION jockey Tony McCoy has spoken about how his fears for his baby son after vital heart surgery five days ago made him realise that winning isn't the most important thing in his life.

In a powerful interview the 39-year-old record-breaking rider said his concerns for his son Archie had put everything – including his ultra-successful horse racing career – into perspective.

He was speaking between races at the Cheltenham Festival where he only decided to ride after doctors assured him that his seven-month-old son was making good progress.

The jockey and his wife Chantelle (inset) had maintained a vigil at Archie's bedside at the Portland Hospital next to Regent's Park in London where the operation was carried out on Friday.

Medics said the surgery was crucial after they diagnosed the baby with a narrowing of a bronchial tube which was hampering the flow of air to and from his lung.

In the radio interview AP McCoy said he had never been as nervous as he had been over the last few days.

"I always thought that horse racing was an important part of my life but this has put it into perspective" he added.

But he said that he had been comforted by what he and Chantelle had been told by doctors who said they were pleased with Archie's progress.

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