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AP targets 4,000 wins before finish

Perennial champion jump jockey Tony McCoy has set himself a target of reaching 4,000 career wins before he even begins to contemplate a life away from the saddle.

McCoy, 38, has been crowned champion for the past 17 seasons and now stands less than 200 winners shy of the 4,000 mark with his 18th title already on the horizon.

He said: "I get asked that question (how long he can go on for) quite a lot. I get asked it a lot more since I won the Grand National.

"When I won the National it came up in conversation quite a bit.

"I'm very aware that time is the enemy of every sportsperson and I have been very lucky that I have been champion jockey since the first year I was riding.

"I was champion conditional the first year and have been champion jockey every year since.


"As I said, I do like to set myself targets and goals, and at the moment that (4,000) is the goal.

"Who knows what happens after that but I am fully aware that I don't want to carry on too long and have people thinking I'm not as good as I was or I shouldn't be riding any more or past my best

"I haven't got that far yet (in thinking about his post-racing career).

"It's the day I'm looking forward to least. I am dreading the day I won't be able to ride any more.

"I hope that I can retire at the top of my profession and in one piece, injury free, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't dread it.

"It's a great way of life, it's something that I love doing but I'm aware I can't keep doing it forever. It's a horrible thought."