Sunday 25 February 2018

AP McCoy sets sights on 5,000 winners

AP McCoy
AP McCoy

Sam Griffin

CHAMPION jockey AP McCoy hasn’t ruled out riding an unprecedented 5,000 winners after saying the feat would not be impossible.

McCoy (39) made headlines around the world when he broke the 4,000 winner mark earlier this month – the first jockey to ever achieve such a milestone.

Last night he said he would continue riding for the foreseeable as he is the happiest he has ever been in his career.

“I wouldn’t say it’s not impossible but at the same time it’s a lot of winners,” he said on the Late Late Show about the prospect of riding more winners.

“I wouldn’t rule it out (5,000 winners) because for the first time in my life in the last couple of years I’ve really enjoyed what I do. I’ve always enjoyed what I do but I felt more fulfilment in what I’ve achieved.

He admitted a fear of not being successful continues to act as a driving force despite enjoying the most decorated career in horse racing.

“I’ve been lucky enough to be champion jockey for the last 18 years and for the first 14 or 15 years I found it difficult to accept that I was doing ok. I lived in fear and I still live in fear of not being successful in my career.”

McCoy’s wife Chanelle said she “wouldn’t rule out” AP, also known as Tony, notching up another 1,000 wins despite previously expressing concern for her husband’s welfare.

She also revealed she has lent a helping hand in penning a new novel written by AP which includes a number of steamy scenes, similar to best-selling erotic fiction novel ‘50 Shades of Grey’.

“It’s all his doing. Myself and the girls had a little bit of input but definitely him and the boys had had more input,” she joked.

The Antrim man treated the audience to a short reading form the book which included colourful remarks such as “you can spank me harder”.

“Basically this was my wife’s idea of enhancing my reputation. When we were out one night with friends, I said that in my next life I want to come back as the main character because he has a right good time. My wife said 'I wouldn’t mind meeting him in my next life either',” he said.

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